NFL draft: Clowney taken No.1; Falcons, Titans go with offensive linemen; Miami picks Vols OT Ja'Wuan James

NFL draft: Clowney taken No.1; Falcons, Titans go with offensive linemen; Miami picks Vols OT Ja'Wuan James

May 8th, 2014 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney arrives today for the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with his mother Josenna Clowney in New York.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

NEW YORK - The Houston Texans have made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney the first pick in the NFL draft.

Considered a budding NFL star even when he was a freshman, Clowney brings size, speed and power to a Texans lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

But his work ethic has been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury before declaring early for the draft.

Houston previously made the top pick in two drafts, taking quarterback David Carr in 2002. He never lived up to that billing. They took DE Mario Williams in 2006, but he left for Buffalo in 2012.

Other first round picks following Clowney on Thursday were (refresh page for updates):

2) St. Louis - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3) Jacksonville - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

4) Buffalo (pick acquired from Cleveland) - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5) Oakland - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

6) Atlanta - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7) Tampa Bay - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8) Cleveland (pick acquired from Minnesota) - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

9) Minnesota (pick acquired from Cleveland) - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10) Detroit - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

11) Tennessee - Taylor Lewan , OT, Michigan

12) New York Giants - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

13) St. Louis - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14) Chicago - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

15) Pittsburgh - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

16) Dallas - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

17) Baltimore - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

18) New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

19) Miami - Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

20) New Orleans (pick acquired from Arizona) - Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State

21) Green Bay - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

22) Cleveland (pick acquired from Philadelphia) - Johnny Mannziel, QB, Texas A&M

23) Kansas City - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

24) Cincinnati - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

25) San Diego - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26) Philadelphia - Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville

27) Arizona - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

28) Carolina - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

29) New England - Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

30) San Francisco - Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

31) Denver - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

32) Minnesota (pick acquired from Seattle) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville