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Are the Atlanta Falcons positioning for a Jadeveon Clowney trade?

Jadeveon Clowney has been caught speeding for the second time in a month. (USATSI)
Jadeveon Clowney could end up close to home if the Falcons acquire him. (USATSI)

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The Falcons, who numerous league sources say remain very focused on South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, hosted him for a visit this week and are scheduled to spend more time with him Friday.

The Falcons are seen by many execs as the team most likely to trade up to first overall with Houston, with Clowney their target. Pass rush remains a big void for the team, which hopes to bounce back to Super Bowl contention after a disastrous 2013. GM Thomas Demitroff has pulled off big draft-day moves in the past and the Texans are very open to trading down, with at least three players under consideration for the top selection.

Clowney was in Atlanta on Wednesday and on Friday he will not have a full workout for them, but, according to a source, he "will do a few things on the field," with Falcons brass on campus. The Falcons are likely to work out South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington as well.

The Texans could well take Clowney if they stay at first overall, but if they trade down, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles would be in play, while the Texans have also spent considerable time considering Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, who won't be there at No. 6 overall, as well as quarterback Johnny Manziel.

 
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