Jadeveon Clowney said at the Combine that he wanted the Texans to take him number one overall. Now he wants the Falcons to trade up for him.
“I wish they could trade up for me,” Clowney said, “but I hope I don’t fall to No. 6. I like Atlanta – a lot. They’re pretty good. They’ve got some guys from South Carolina on the team, also. And it’s close to home.”
The fit for Clowney makes sense in Atlanta not only geographically, but the Falcons also have a major need for a pass rusher and would probably love to get their hands on this kid. The question is, what is it going to take to get him?
There’s probably no way Clowney makes it out of the top five picks, so Atlanta and general manager Thomas Dimitroff will have to work out a way to get him (if they want him) by dealing some picks.
The Falcons have proven in the past that they are willing to trade up in order to get a player they want. I’m talking, of course, about when they traded a king’s ransom to get Julio Jones a couple of years ago. They wouldn’t have to trade nearly as much to move up in this year’s draft for Clowney, so perhaps it’s not a bad idea after all.