Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) holds the Capital One Bowl trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers at the game held at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014: Oakland Raiders trying to meet with Jadeveon Clowney

The Oakland Raiders have the fifth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and that has them in a position to do a number of things with their pick. While a quarterback seems to be on their list of needs, so too is finding a quality pass rusher and there isn’t one better in the draft that Jadeveon Clowney.

It’s no secret that the Raiders are eyeing Clowney with their pick, but the team has yet to actually meet with the former Gamecocks defensive end and hold a face-to-face meeting. According to Scott Bair of CSNBayArea, the Raiders are hoping to meet with Clowney this week at the Senior Bowl.

The Raiders value face-to-face meetings more than many other aspects of the pre-draft process, and a chance to speak with Clowney early would be of great benefit. As of Wednesday afternoon it was uncertain if the Raiders had met with him yet, but Clowney planned to meet with teams near the top of the draft. The Raiders personnel department will be in Mobile through Thursday.

There’s no saying if Clowney will fall to the Raiders or if the team would trade up to get him. If Clowney isn’t available, it’s likely that the Raiders look at taking a quarterback, but it’s becoming clear that Jadeveon Clowney won’t make it past fifth overall this April.

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  • pjmokate

    I like the pic if they do. It would be a first for them to make a notable pic in the last two years. There is not a QB worthy of a 1st overall that we can’t pic up in the 2Nd or 3rd round if necessary. I still believe in TP with some continuity and some touch up he can be better then most! We need the big boys up front on the front lines on both sides 1st and foremost. That is where championships are won!

  • Pridenpoise

    I really hope the Raiders find a way to get Clowney, I think this draft is Clowney and everybody else a distant second.