With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans chose University of South Carolina linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
According to ESPN.com, the 21-year-old was teary-eyed when the team called him just three minutes before their clock expired to welcome him to Texas, pairing him alongside J.J. Watt on defense. “I’m feeling overwhelmed,” Clowney said. “I’m feeling great right now. It’s just a blessing, man. I appreciate it. I’m just glad to be a part of the Houston Texans.”
The St. Louis Rams were on the clock for the No. 2 pick, selecting Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson, while the Jacksonville Jaguars took Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles at No. 3.
Moving up five spots, the Buffalo Bills picked Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall, sending the ninth overall selection and their 2015 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns — they also received Buffalo’s fourth-round pick in 2015.
The Oakland Raiders rounded out the top five by selecting linebacker Khalil Mack.
Where’s former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, you ask? The Browns traded up to No. 22 to pick up the Texas A&M quarterback.
The wait Manziel endured during Draft Day had the hashtag “BeforeManzielGetsDrafted” trending on Twitter.
He has been one of college football’s most dynamic players during his two-year career at Texas A&M. In 2012, Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, as well as the first in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.