Many New England Patriots fans have pined for their team to go "all in" and make a one- or two-year push—at the expense of the future—toward another Super Bowl trophy. They could do just that by trading up to the No. 1 overall selection and drafting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
There is no question that Clowney would have a real and immediate impact on the Patriots defense. An upgraded secondary—now featuring Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Devin McCourty—will give the pass-rushers an extra half-second to get to the quarterback. The duo of Clowney and Rob Ninkovich at end, with Chandler Jones and Chris Jones inside, would know just what to do with that extra time.
The trick isn't fitting Clowney into the defense—the trick is to get into position to draft him.
To get the Houston Texans to relinquish their pick, the Patriots are going to have to come strong. A package of first- and third-round picks in 2014, a first-round pick in 2015 and Ryan Mallett could do the trick.
Trading into the top five and landing a talent like Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins is also a cheaper possibility.