Bryan Rose
Thursday April 24th, 2014

Steve Spurrier says Houston Texans ‘have to’ draft Jadeveon Clowney Jadeveon Clowney is considered to be the top defensive player in the draft, if not the best overall. (Jim Dedmon/Icon SMI)

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier feels the Houston Texans only have one option in regards to the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and that is selecting Jadeveon Clowney.

Spurrier has been reluctant to praise his former player, at times somewhat questioning his work ethic, but the Gamecocks coach says the Texans have no choice but to draft his former defensive end.

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Speaking to Dan Patrick, Spurrier was asked if he thought the Texans needed to draft the defensive force. Holding no punches, the coach stated, "Yeah, I think you have to."

Moments later, Spurrier went on to praise Clowney, stating that he's a 'pass rusher like he's never seen'.

Of course, Spurrier wants his former player to be drafted first overall, so the praise is well understood, but it does seem a little artificial given his previous comments on Clowney. This, of course, is the same player whom Spurrier questioned and suggested that his work ethic wasn't on the same level as Marcus Lattimore's, something the coach later regretted saying.

As for the Texans, they're reportedly looking to either draft Clowney or Khalil Mack, who might be the current favorite of Houston general manager Rick Smith.GALLERY: Jadeveon Clowney's greatest hits

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