A little more than 24 hours before the NFL draft, the probable No. 1 pick has no idea if he'll actually be the No. 1 pick.
But Jadeveon Clowney thinks his name will be called first.
On Wednesday, at a pre-draft event in Manhattan, Clowney was asked if the Houston Texans would regret passing on him with the first pick. According to the Houston Chronicle, Clowney smiled as he answered.
“I don’t think they’re going to pass,” Clowney said, according to the Chronicle. “I think it will be (me). If I have to (go) No. 2, I’m going to be upset. I’m going to have to do something about it.”
The surprise here isn't that Clowney thinks he should go No. 1; presumably Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack or Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel or any other elite prospect would give a similar answer. It's that Clowney is already in New York for the first round of the draft on Thursday, and he doesn't know what's going to happen, unless he knows and is keeping the surprise too.
There hasn't been a NFL draft in recent memory when there was absolute suspense when the commissioner went to the podium to announce the first pick, but we're getting close to it becoming a possibility. The Texans would have to keep the player and the agent in the dark (especially the agent), and it would probably leak out if the coaching staff and entire front office was clued in to the final decision. The odds are long that the Texans could keep the information so tight until the moment of the pick that nobody would report it. But it would be an exciting moment if they can somehow pull it off.
Until then all of us wait, including Clowney and the rest of the players in New York for the festivities. Houston might not have planned it this way, but its secrecy has made this one of the more interesting first overall picks the draft has seen.
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