Meet the #1 pick in tonight's NFL Draft

The NFL open
it college player draft Thursday evening with first round selections being made. That first pick was made by The Houston Texans picked defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina. Clowney graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and played college football at the University of South Carolina

"I was nervous man, I was like who are they going to pick," Clowney told ESPN after his name was called. "I'm just glad I can take care of my mom," Clowney added.

This is the first time in many years that a quarterback was not picked first.

Considered a budding NFL star even when he was a freshman, Clowney brings size, speed and power to a Texans lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. But his work ethic has been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury before declaring early for the draft.

Houston previously made the top pick in two drafts, taking quarterback David Carr in 2002. He never lived up to that billing. They took DE Mario Williams in 2006, but he left for Buffalo in 2012.