The Jacksonville Jaguars have the third overall pick in the NFL Draft this year but the player the covet over all others may be gone at No. 2. South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is a freak of nature and he’s one of the top prospects — if not the top prospect — in the entire class.
This has Jaguars fans nervous about not just the Houston Texans, who looked poised to take a quarterback to the relief of fans in Jacksonville, but also the St. Louis Rams at No. 2 overall. The Rams are a wild card that could trade the pick to someone who wants Clowney or could take him themselves.
Fisher has a bigger need for an offensive lineman than a pass rusher and he has been expected to take Greg Robinson of Auburn or Jake Matthews of Texas A&M in the draft at the second spot. Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthew, who once played for Fisher.
Still, Fisher has opened the door for Clowney and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch even has the Rams taking him in their mock draft.
The Rams indeed have a pressing need on the offensive line but Clowney seems to be a true home run prospect. St. Louis’ defense is loaded but they play in the same division as the Seahawks, so no defense is too much defense.
We don’t know what will happen in the draft but it’s clear they Clowney is an X-factor and the Jaguars are very nervous about the team picking ahead of them and their intentions with him.