There isn't a team in the NFL that couldn't use another pass-rusher. They are like Pringles: Once you pop, you can't stop.
At the top of the pass-rushing food chain in this draft is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, despite some of the negative reports swirling about him taking plays off. You can read those reports but rarely is there a name attached to them.
Mark Eckel, from The Times of Trenton, found a dissenting opinion, but he listed it as an anonymous "NFC personnel man," who said: "He's spoiled, and he's lazy. He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don't see it."
Take those words with a grain of salt. That man apparently is very difficult to impress. He probably is lukewarm on stuff like air, water and sleep—you know, all the things essential to sustaining life on Earth.
The above cynical hyperbole can only be there to get your team a chance to pick a guy like Clowney. Let's see, who could that be, someone from the St. Louis Rams, which picks No. 2, perhaps?
It is hard to say someone who is 6'5", a ripped 266 pounds and runs a 4.53 40, per CBS Sports draft profile, is "lazy" and "never worked hard a day in his life." If you are 6'5", you have to train really hard to be ripped, lean and run as fast as Clowney does.
Rob Rang's review in that above CBS Sports draft profile is much closer to the consensus opinion:
Far from just a pass-rusher. Uses his terrific quickness off the snap to stop running plays before blockers can get to him and shows underrated core strength to anchor when they do. Rarely is blocked for long and shows good vision to locate the ball, as well as the hustle to pursue downfield. Generates great closing speed to force some eye-popping collisions which resulted in eight forced fumbles over his first two seasons of NCAA football.
But, back to that "personnel" man, it is far more likely he is a pile of goo and has never worked hard in his life, so what does he know about hard work? Even Eckel's source admitted Clowney is just too much of a defensive monster to fall on draft day.
"Oh, he's going to be a high pick," he told Eckel. "Some team will fall in love with him. But wait and see, just wait and see. I just don't think you can count on him. I'm betting the under on him."
The Houston Texans, or whomever trades for that No. 1 overall pick, may be the only team that gets a chance to pick Clowney on opening night of the draft. Rob Rang pities the team that passes on Clowney, concluding in his draft profile:
The Houston Texans may elect to go in another direction with the first pick. But if they do, Clowney has vowed to make them "miserable." As my top-rated prospect all year long, I'm certainly not betting against him.