He has been called spoiled and lazy by anonymous NFL evaluators, but perhaps the only opinion that should matter to pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is that of Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith.
And according to Clowney, all Smith is calling him is ... often.
Clowney told The State of Columbia, S.C., that he spoke with Smith two or three times last week, and the volume of contact won't be dialed back this week.
Clowney, a 6-5, 266-pound edge player who would convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense if he goes to Houston, has maintained a level, soft-spoken attitude toward the draft process.
Peers -- namely Auburn defensive end Dee Ford -- and personnel types have picked him apart publicly.
But Clowney is NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked player and analysts view him as a potentially great talent.
That the Texans are keeping tabs on Clowney can be chalked up as due diligence, but given Smith's admission that he "absolutely" knows who he wants at No. 1 barring a trade, the phone-a-friend revelation is revealing.