Todd McShay breaks down the Houston Texans drafting Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
What he brings:
Clowney possesses ideal size, length and athleticism. He has an explosive first step and quick hands, and he uses his length well off the edge. Although his production dropped last season, he was still having a big impact throughout our tape study. Clowney has to learn to play with a more consistent effort and must develop some technique. However, he is a rare talent and has one of the highest ceilings we've evaluated on tape.
How he fits:
He has the best skill set in the draft. But will he play that way each week? This is a 3-4 Romeo Crennel defense with a lot of two-gap looks and less penetrating than a one-gap Wade Phillips scheme. That is not Clowney's forte. However, he will play outside linebacker in the base package, and we will see a lot more four-man fronts and sub packages. The Texans will get their best from pass-rushers on the field in passing situations. He has lined up all over the defensive line (à la J.J. Watt) and he could even line up next to Watt at left outside linebacker -- wow! Crennel will adjust and make this work.
Bill Polian breaks down Greg Robinson, the Rams' first round draft pick.
What he brings:
Robinson is a rare talent who excels at moving defenders off the ball in the run game. His initial pop and finishing strength at the line of scrimmage, in addition to his ability to get to the second level and envelop linebackers in space, are outstanding. Although his hand placement is inconsistent and he holds too much at this point, he can get better in this area and is almost impossible to beat when he gets his hands inside and locks on. Auburn's run-heavy scheme raises some concern when it comes to his ability to pick up assignments and his technique in pass protection, but he has the length (35-inch arms), quickness and foot speed to protect the edge working against the league's best edge-rushers when he's fundamentally sound.
How he fits:
This is a nice marriage between drafting the best player on the board who also fills a big need. He is an excellent athlete and natural left tackle who will upgrade an offensive line that has not been consistent in pass protection in front of a quarterback who is not overly mobile. This offense will show a lot of no-huddle with three- and five-step drops, and it is mostly a man-blocking offensive line, which suits Robinson perfectly. With left tackle Jake Long coming off a knee injury, Robinson is insurance. With right tackle Joe Barksdale playing better than expected, look for Robinson to line up at left guard to give the Rams an elite left side. He could easily move to left or right tackle if necessary.