NEW YORK -- Jadeveon Clowney -- and everybody that follows him as a fan or as a journalist -- has been waiting for this moment since the beginning of the 2013 season when Clowney was roaming the field at South Carolina.
One of the more prodigious defensive talents in recent years -- and certainly one of the most scrutinized -- Clowney finally has the answer for the next step of his career as the Texans drafted him Thursday night with the No. 1 overall pick.
Here's what it looked like.
CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco gave the pick high praise.
Clowney picked No. 1 overall. I love this pick. He is the draft's best player. I would have traded down, but he will be a star. Grade: A— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 9, 2014
Now Clowney heads to Houston to join J.J. Watt on a Texans defensive line that will be among the scariest front-fours in the entire league. If, that is, Clowney lives up to the expectations.
While a variety of quarterbacks were bandied about in recent months as potential No. 1 overall picks -- Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel -- the Texans obviously feel like Clowney is more of a can't-miss prospect.
Reviews of his final season with the Gamecocks were mixed. Clowney's work ethic was questioned, and some of his national TV appearances were somewhat mediocre. But he had a fantastic showing at the NFL combine -- though some people questioned his low number of bench press reps -- and he was just as impressive at his pro day.
Whether that translates into success is obviously unknown at this point. But if there's a high reward player that doesn't have a ton of risk, Clowney might be the perfect fit.
And he's going to get paid a handsome sum.
Greg Robinson should sign a fully GTD 4-year, $21,284,098 deal with a $3,869,836 '14 cap number. His signing bonus should be $13,799,344.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 9, 2014
Wrote NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang: "Like the last defensive end to earn the No. 1 overall selection, Clowney possesses an exceedingly rare combination of size, strength and athleticism. Clowney is a more pro-ready talent than Williams was when the Houston Texans nabbed him out of NC State in 2006 and, as the consensus top prep prospect when he signed with South Carolina, he has already demonstrated the ability to handle high expectations."
The Texans certainly hope so.