Jadeveon Clowney's Goal in the NFL? Sack Andrew Luck

Bob Levey

Texans rookie defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney - the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft - said his goal in the NFL is to sack another first overall pick - Andrew Luck, the Colts quarterback who was taken in the 2012 Draft and who plays in the same division as Clowney.

A few days ago Jadeveon Clowney spoke to the media about his goal this year.  Clowney was the great defensive lineman taken first overall by the Houston Texans in this year's NFL Draft.  He has a lot of potential, and according to the USA Today, Clowney talked about his goal in the NFL:

"My goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck. He's in my division, [we play] him two times a year, he's a dangerous quarterback, he makes good decisions with the ball, so I just want to get after him and sack him one time."

The goal makes sense considering he's in the same division as the standout young quarterback, and he said a similar thing before the draft about if the Texans drafted him, saying of Luck:

"He better have his head on a swivel, because I'm coming & I know JJ's coming."

I'm sure Andrew Luck is just as aware of Clowney as Clowney is of Luck, especially considering the Texans defensive line right now - they added Clowney and nose tackle Louis Nix in the draft and then already had one of the best defensive players in the league in J.J. Watt.  Watt by himself has been enough to give teams like the Colts plenty of problems last year and in the past and now with the Texans adding even more talent to the line, it's just going to put more pressure on Andrew Luck and especially on the Colts offensive line.  The Colts are the hunted in the division this year and Clowney and the Texans are coming for Luck and the Colts.  The Colts's offensive line will have to play the Texans defensive line twice this year and they'll have their hands full in protecting Indy's franchise player.

By any account, I think Clowney will probably achieve his goal this year in sacking Luck, but I think Luck will be the one with the last laugh in the win column.  That said, as a Colts fan, I'd much rather not see the huge lineman in Clowney tackling the Colts's franchise player, and the same can be said for anyone in Colts Nation.

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