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May 8, 2014

Prospects ready to end long wait

NEW YORK — Jadeveon Clowney just wants it to be over already.

The NFL’s first May draft gave everyone a little more time to critique the prospects and try to figure out who is going where and when.

No player has been more scrutinized than Clowney, the defensive end from South Carolina whose every move — on and off the field — has been analyzed since he ended his sophomore season with a helmet-removing hit against Michigan.

“I’ve been tired of it. I wish the draft was two or three weeks ago,” Clowney said Wednesday after playing flag football with grammar-school kids at the NFL’s Play 60 festival at a park on the west side of Manhattan.

The Houston Texans have the first pick and Clowney could be their guy. Or maybe they’ll take a quarterback, such as Johnny Manziel. Or maybe they’ll trade the pick.

The draft is usually held in April, but some scheduling conflicts at Radio City Music Hall caused the NFL to push it back. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that it’s too soon to say whether May drafts are here to stay.

This year’s draft finally gets underway tonight, Day 1 of the three-day, made-for-TV marathon. Rounds 2 and 3 are Friday night. It concludes with four rounds Saturday. The Texans are on the clock. Will they take Clowney?

“Man, I don’t know,” the 266-pound pass rusher said. “Do you know?”

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