Texans take Clowney in NFL draft

The Houston Texans opted for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Texans bucked the trend of snapping up a quarterback as the number one pick by signing the fearsome South Carolina pass rusher.

Clowney will now team up with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt as the Texans look to put last season's disappointments behind them.

At 6ft 5in and 266lbs, Clowney looks a man-mountain but he also boasts explosive pace and recorded 24 sacks and nine forced turnovers in his college career.

The St Louis Rams also chose to bolster their defence as they made Greg Robinson, a 6ft 5in, 332lb offensive tackle from Auburn, the second overall pick.

And it was the Jacksonville Jaguars who secured the first quarterback of the draft as they announced Blake Bortles as the third pick - overlooking college star Johnny Manziel.

Manziel had been tipped by some to be the top pick, however he had to wait for the Cleveland Browns to come in for him at 22nd in the pecking order.

The other QB to be snapped up on the opening day of the draft was Teddy Bridgewater, with the Louisville prospect teaming up with the Minnesota Vikings as the final pick of the night.

The Buffalo Bills made the super-speedy Sammy Watkins the fourth pick, with Clemson WR having scored 24 touchdowns in his two years of college football.

Khalil Mack was the first of four linebackers to be drafted as he joined the Oakland Raiders as the fifth overall pick, with Anthony Barr (Vikings), CJ Mosley (Baltimore Ravens) and Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh Steelers) also securing first-round deals.

The surprise of the first round came when the Philadelphia Eagles selected Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith - with the one-time quarterback likely to be utilised as an outside linebacker.