Sapp wouldn't take Clowney 1st overall

Sapp wouldn't take Clowney 1st overall
April 21, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Warren Sapp knows what it takes to be a great defensive lineman in the NFL.

The 1995 first-round pick went on to have a 13-year NFL career, which included seven Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl ring and a Defensive Player of the Year trophy. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

But the new Hall-of-Fame member isn't blown away by one of this year's top prospects, Jadeveon Clowney, who might very well be the Texans' choice at No. 1.

“My grandfather taught me something a long time ago, he said ‘You will never get more money by doing less work,’" Sapp said on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "I look at Jadeveon Clowney’s tape and I don’t see a guy that is playing the game with his hair on fire, making plays, running up and down the field sideline to sideline, doing all of the things. So when I look at him, I say let’s evaluate this and let’s see what Houston comes up with.

"If it’s my pick, I’m taking Teddy Bridgewater myself because I believe Teddy Bridgewater is that quarterback to get it done. What does Houston need? A quarterback to get it done.”

Fellow analyst and former NFL player Heath Evans agreed with Sapp's evaluation. Evans didn't like that Clowney has turned down private workouts for fear of getting hurt. Evans said that a player should be training harder on his own than how hard a team would work them.

“That’s the real issue with me," Sapp said. "What else is he doing not waking up? The next job you have is rushing the quarterback, young man, getting ready for the NFL. If you wake up every morning and you’re not ready, prepared to go out and do the things you have to be to be a [defensive] end, outside linebacker – a pass rushing specialist – what else is there?”

The draft begins May 8.