We've all been listening to the hype surrounding the superior athletic prowess of a certain South Carolina star. But is he really a proper fit to wear the horns next season? Let's weigh the options.
On one hand, you have the people who say "Why take Clowney when we already have Robert "Black Lightning" Quinn and Chris "White Thunder" Long, which makes sense. There's no reason to be wasting a first round pick on an area of such depth. Though Clowney is a talent who doesn't come around very often, he'd be a better fit somewhere else. For all you people who say that Clowney will be better than Quinn, I have a treat for you...
What do these two have to do with each other? Well, Quinn's hit was in his rookie season. He blew past his NFL blocker who was guarding him, throwing him off like a rag doll. Clowney was unmarked and though the hit on the running back was harder than Quinn's, you have to realize that Quinn was hitting a QB. Had that been a RB in the backfield, Quinn would have obliterated him. So do I think Clowney will be a great Defensive player? Yes. Do I think he'll be better than Quinn? Not likely.
On the other hand, we have individuals who are drooling with anticipation for the draft, praying with all their might that Houston takes Bortles or a QB and Clowney falls to us at number 2. "Why not take him?" They plead. "He's the best player in the draft! He could line up next to Quinn and we'd be unstoppable!" This scenario also makes plenty of sense. If Fisher does end up drafting Clowney, I'd love to see this combo running after Kaepernick and Wilson. Who knows? Maybe Chris Long would be willing to move inside since he's better at stopping the run than acquiring sacks anyways? These are all options that must be running through the front office's mind anytime Clowney's name is mentioned.
So what do you guys think? Is Clowney worth the gamble of a #2 pick? Or should we stick with Quinn and Long and focus on different positions? And what do you think Fisher is going to do regarding the #2 pick?