NEW YORK (WACH) - Jadeveon Clowney wanted the draft process to be over. Now it is. And he is South Carolina's first number one draft pick since Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers back in 1981.
The Texans confirmed what many had speculated for the better part of the year when they selected the unanamious All-American Thursday night in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Clowney, who has been scrutinized by NFL analysts for months, proved that the Houston Texasn viewed all the criticism about his work ethic as merely talk when he walked across the stage, his eyes welling up with tears, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
"It's been a long time," said an emotional Clowney after walking off the stage. "It just kicked in at the end there, man, I've been drafted."
The Rock Hill native has said for months that it was his goal to be the No. 1 pick just like he was the No. 1 recruit when he signed with South Carolina out of high school.
The six-foot-five, 266-pounder is just South Carolina's 12th first-round draft pick in history.
Clowney finished his South Carolina career with 24 sacks, 130 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, and a school-record nine forced fumbles.