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Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the NFL Draft Thursday.

While there seemed little doubt to most prognosticators that Clowney would go first, there was at least one person that wasn't sure of that; Clowney.

"I'm feeling overwhelmed," said Clowney, who only found out Houston had selected him three minutes before the team's clock hit zero. "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."

Clowney becomes the first defensive player to be selected with the first pick since 2006, when the Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound Clowney played three seasons for South Carolina. During that time he recorded 24 sacks, the third most in school history.

Rounding out the top five Thursday were offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Rams), quarterback Blake Bortles (Jaguars), receiver Sammy Watkins (Bills) and linebacker Khalil Mack (Raiders).

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