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      NFL Draft Night: Clowney projected #1 pick

      21-year old Rock Hill native Jadeveon Clowney is expected to be the #1 pick in tonight's NFL Draft.

      The 79th NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. at New York's Radio City Music Hall. South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is expected to be taken number one overall in the draft by the Houston Texans.

      Many NFL experts are calling the 2014 NFL Draft one of the strongest in a generation in terms of player talent. 102 underclassmen are on the draft boards of the 32 teams in the league.

      Round one will be held tonight. Rounds two and three are scheduled for Friday. Rounds four through seven are slated for Saturday.

      Clowney, who attended high school at South Pointe in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has already signed a contract with the shoe company Puma. He has vowed that his first order of business is to buy his mother a new home.

      If Clowney is picked number one overall, he would join former Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers (1981) to accomplish that feat.

      Clowney is one of five Gamecocks in this year's draft. Cornerback Victor Hampton out of Darlington High is projected to go as high as round four, according to DT Kelcy Quarles, WR Bruce Ellington, and QB Connor Shaw are the other Gamecocks hoping to be picked during the three-day NFL Draft.

      Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is also projected to go somewhere in the first five picks of the first round. Other Clemson players who will likely be drafted are: QB Tajh Boyd, CB Bashaud Breeland, WR Martavis Bryant, and OT Brandon Thomas.

      Former Lake View High star Quandon Christian, who played at Clemson, could be picked late on day three of the draft at outside linebacker. projects Christian to end up as an undrafted free agent.

      RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, and WR Matt Hazel, are two players from Coastal Carolina who have entered their names in this year's draft.

      A pair of former Marlboro County stars, OLB Tariq Edwards, and DT Lee Pegues are listed probable undrafted free agents by the NFL.

      The Carolina Panthers will have the 28th overall pick in this year's draft. Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman has indicated that Carolina will target three positions: offensive left tackle, wide receiver and cornerback.