2014 NFL Draft: Will Atlanta Falcons Trade Up To Draft Jadeveon Clowney?

Jadeveon Clowney has made it perfectly clear as to which team he is hoping selects him in the 2014 NFL Draft. After running a very impressive 40 time on Tuesday, Clowney bailed out of most of the other activities and said that he will see everyone at his South Carolina Gamecocks Pro Day. With work ethic still a bit of a question mark, Clowney is still considered a top five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he still possesses skills that qualify him as an absolute beast. While Clowney – like most players – would love to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, he has said that he would love if the Atlanta Falcons drafted him on May 8. The Dirty Birds currently hold the No. 6 pick, which makes it unlikely that Clowney would still be on the board at that point of the draft. Of course, if the Falcons considered making another big move on draft day – like they did when they moved up to draft Julio Jones a few years back – perhaps both teams could get their wish.

Evidently, I am not the only one who feels this way.

The St. Louis Rams hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, thanks to a draft day deal with the Washington Redskins a couple of years ago that landed them a plethora of picks in the Robert Griffin III trade. They also still have plenty of holes, and would ideally like to move down once again to stockpile more picks throughout the 2014 NFL Draft. If the Rams want to move down, and the Falcons truly do covet Clowney, this could be a perfect match.

According to ESPN.com blogger Nick Wagoner, the Rams and Falcons may make perfect sense.

“Speaking of trade downs, it sounds like the best-case scenario for the Rams to get a decent package of picks to move down is for Houston to take Central Florida quarterback¬†Blake Bortles,” writes Wagoner. “It’s entirely possible the Rams would get the most in return from a team moving up to land South Carolina defensive end¬†Jadeveon Clowney. Atlanta remains the most logical potential trade partner.”

The Texans could logically draft Clowney at No. 1 overall, pairing him with J.J. Watt to form one of the most athletic defensive lines in recent history. They could also select Bortles or Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater as their next franchise quarterback. If they pass on Clowney, expect the phone to ring in the Rams’ draft room.

Unfortunately, at least for the Falcons, they may not be the only ones to place a timely call.



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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.