NEW YORK — Jadeveon Clowney has high hopes for his NFL career.
An hour after the Houston Texans made Clowney the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft Thursday night, Clowney met with reporters at Radio City Music Hall.
“Hopefully I’ll be a Hall of Famer one day,” Clowney said in an otherwise humble meeting with reporters.
He said he still was surprised that he was drafted, but it had just kicked in.
“Dude, I got drafted, man,” Clowney said.
Clowney added that he’s excited to line up next to and across from Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, whom he used to watch before South Carolina games to get pumped up.
“Hopefully I can help him out, and he can help me out, and we’ll meet at the quarterback,” Clowney said.
Clowney likely will start his NFL career at outside linebacker, and he said he has been working on dropping back into coverage since the predraft process began after South Carolina’s season ended.
Clowney was the first defensive player taken No. 1 overall since the Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams with the first pick in 2006.