Playing at right outside linebacker in Romeo Crennel’s defense, Clowney was asked to drop back in pass coverage three times on the opening series against Carson Palmer and the Cardinals and showed he is a work in progress in that department.
Clowney was never asked to run away from the quarterback with the Gamecocks so he has a bit of a transition to make, but when he can get after the quarterback, there are few to enter the NFL in the last decade-plus who offer his blend of size, strength, speed, acceleration and power.
On the first third down for the Cardinals, Clowney lined up next to J.J. Watt and both received one-on-one blocking and Watt beat the blocker and promptly sacked Palmer, suggesting Watt is already in midseason form and ready to win another Defensive Player of the Year award.
Yeah, the combination of Watt and Clowney is going to be a nasty one for years to come and even if the Texans have questions at quarterback and some of their offensive stars are aging and/or hurt, the defense could be poised to get the Texans challenging for a Wild Card berth this season.
Do you think Clowney will live up to the hype as the No. 1 overall pick?