CHARLOTTE – The Houston Rockets won their 4th straight game on Monday, beating the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-89
After the game, the team had a special visitor in the locker room as South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney stopped by to chat with Rockets star Dwight Howard.
Clowney’s name could be called by the Houston Texans as the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. On Tuesday, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien shared his thoughts on the defensive end.
“It’s a deal where I’ve studied him pretty closely. One of things and this is not to make and excuse for anyone, in college there’s like 85 to 90 plays per game. He plays all the time. I think if you looked at any player in college, especially at the defensive line spot, playing in a league where most of the teams are shotgun and throwing the ball and rushing the passer, I dare you to find me a guy that plays 90 snaps like his life’s on the line every game,” O’Brien said. “But when the game’s on the line, Jadeveon plays hard. He’s an explosive player, he’s a productive player, he’s an instinctive player. So I think that’s kind of been blown out of proportion but at the same time we’ve got to make sure we get to know him and then keep getting to know him when we get there.”
The key argument many have to pick Clowney is the possibility of teaming him up with Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt. O’Brien said on Tuesday there is “no such thing as a dream team” and expanded on his thoughts about using both in the same defense.
“They say if you draft, say Clowney, you’re going to line him up right next to Watt. I think we could at times. But I think one of the things in this league is on defense, you’ve got to be really multiple. Forget about the draft pick, J.J. Watt, you’ve got to be able to move this guy around, do different things with him to really take advantage of his skill set,” O’Brien said. “The guy I really enjoy watching is J.J. Watt. I don’t know if you’ve ever actually watched coaching film on J.J. Watt, but it is, this guy is a great football player. So with a guy like that, you’ve got to move him around and then if you can add a guy or two to that defensive front, certainly that will make a big difference. So I don’t know how much they’ll actually be lined up next to each other. It might be more some next to each other, some opposite end, some somewhere in between.”
The NFL Draft starts on May 8th. The Texans have 11 picks, including 3 compensatory picks which were awarded to the team by the league on Monday.