Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had a breakout season with the Houston Texans.
The former No. 1 pick recorded 52 tackles and 6 sacks in his third season in the NFL, landing him on Pro Football Focus’ list of the Top 25 players under 25.
“The hype surrounding Clowney was so intense that becoming anything less than a second J.J. Watt will be seen as a letdown by some,” wrote Sam Monson. “Injuries have blighted his career so far, but when he has been on the field he has been an excellent player, if perhaps not showing the potential to become that next superstar. Clowney finished the season as PFF’s 13th-ranked edge defender, despite being asked to play inside plenty to replace Watt’s presence by Houston. He notched 41 total pressures and 27 defensive stops.”
Clowney was selected for his first Pro Bowl this year. Clowney and the Houston Texans were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs on Sunday in a 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots.
The Rock Hill, S.C., native was a key part of the Texans having the NFL’s top-ranked scoring defense this season. Houston ranked in the Top 5 in total defense, passing defense and rushing defense in 2016.