NEW YORK — The draft rumors that were swirling the day before the draft have reached the players.
We were just talking about that. I dont have any control over the situation, former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney said. Its not like college, where I get to pick where I want to go.
The most persistent rumor is that the Atlanta Falcons are working to get into position to select Clowney.
Thats what I have been hearing, but I dont have any control over anything, Clowney said. I am just waiting to see what happens.
The new rumor Wednesday involved the Buffalo Bills, home to former Gamecock and another Rock Hill native in Stephon Gilmore.
Cold, cold, cold, cold. Its going to be cold up there. Thats the first thing I said when I heard that, Clowney said. If they are up there, I hope they pick me No. 1. I have never talked to the Bills, at all. Maybe at the combine, I cant remember. I hear a lot of teams do that though, dont talk to you and still come and get you.
Clowney clearly has given a lot of thought to being teamed with Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt, and he was asked about it almost a dozen times Wednesday.
I think I would help J.J. Watt a lot, Clowney said. They cant send a lot of double teams with me in there because I feel I can get after the passer just as good as he can.
Former Clemson star Sammy Watkins is expected to be a top 10 selection Thursday, but he was weary by Wednesday of predicting exactly where he will fall.
I am done guessing, Watkins said. We will see tomorrow night.
Watkins would be the second straight Tigers wide receiver taken in the first round, joining DeAndre Hopkins, who was selected No. 27 last year.
Tomorrow is going to be a blessing, Watkins said. I dont know how my emotions are going to be crazy. I might have a little butterflies, like gameday. I just want to soak up the process and enjoy it.
The good old days
Clowney was asked Wednesday what he will miss most from college.
The fans. Oh man, I love the Carolina fans, he said. That song comes on, them towels going, thats the greatest feeling in the world. Thats one thing I am going to miss about college, being around the fans.
This, that and the other
Clowney broke out his Steve Spurrier impersonation for the media at Wednesdays event.
Hey guys, he said in a high-pitched voice before stopping.
No, I better leave my coach alone, hes a good guy, Clowney said. I love my coach. Hes one of the greatest coaches. He took care of us while I was down there. He didnt try to do too much beating us up. Listening to some of these other guys, they have been through a lot.
Clowney was asked to name his celebrity crush. After some deliberation and a few outside suggestions, he settled on singer Rihanna. Rihanna, Im coming girl, he said.