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Pro football: Texans select Jadeveon Clowney with first pick of NFL draft

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NEW YORK — The Houston Texans made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney the first pick in the NFL draft tonight.

Considered a budding NFL star even when he was a freshman, Clowney brings size, speed and power to a Texans lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

But his work ethic has been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury before declaring early for the draft.

Houston previously made the top pick in two drafts, taking quarterback David Carr in 2002. He never lived up to that billing. They took DE Mario Williams in 2006, but he left for Buffalo in 2012.

The St. Louis Rams, selecting second, picked Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson. Then, picking third, the Jacksonville Jaguars surprised by selecting Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. The Buffalo Bills then traded with the Cleveland Browns to move into the fourth spot and grabbed Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

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