NFL Draft Results: Clowney, Bortles, Watkins Highlight Top 10 Picks

NEW YORK — For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn’t wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade.

No surprise: Clowney is the Houston Texans’ man.

But Thursday’s first pick of the NFL draft didn’t come without some intrigue about how it would all turn out. There had been criticism of Clowney’s work ethic last season and questions about whether the Texans would hold or trade the No. 1 slot.

“I just been proving a lot of people wrong throughout my life,” Clowney said. “Growing up, I grew up hard. I always said I’m going to do something great. Hopefully, I’m going to be a Hall of Famer one day.”

Houston will take that.

Check out the entire first round results below.

Pick Team Player Position School
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson OT Auburn
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles QB UCF
4 Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8 Cleveland Browns Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
9 Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
10 Detroit Lions Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
11 Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
12 New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
13 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
14 Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
15 Pittsburgh  Steelers Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin OL Notre Dame
17 Baltimore Ravens C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor S Louisville
19 Miami Dolphins Ja’wuan James OT Tennessee
20 New Orleans Saints Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
21 Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama
22 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford DE Auburn
24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU
26 Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Smith OLB Louisville
27 Arizona Cardinals Deone Bucannon S Washington State
28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
29 New England Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida
30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois
31 Denver Broncos Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
32 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
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