Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Houston Texans have signed top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney to a contract that gives him $22.272 million in guaranteed money and $14.518 million signing bonus.
Clowney has played end throughout his career, but the Texans will ask him to play outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s 3-4 system.
“I’m pretty athletic and I know I can play anywhere,” Clowney said after the NFL draft. “Whatever they want me to do, I’m willing to do.”
The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end left high school as the No. 1-ranked player and shattered a South Carolina record for sacks, notching 13 in 2012.
Clowney was a two-time All-America selection at South Carolina who set school records in 2012 with 13 sacks and 23 tackles for loss on the way to earning the Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end.
The two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and 2012 SEC Defensive Player of the Year totaled 130 tackles, 24 sacks, 47 tackles for loss and a school-record nine forced fumbles in his three seasons at South Carolina.
As a freshman in 2011, Clowney earned second-team All-SEC recognition and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the conference’s coaches.