1. Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE
Who else could it have been right?
Starting with the negatives, it is really concerning to hear that Clowney wants to get top dollar because he has never played a full season and even when he has, anyone who is paying attention wouldn’t call him a top-5 player at his position.
He misses a lot of time and really doesn’t offer you elite upside as a pass rusher which instantly diminishes his value.
Having said all of that, Clowney just makes so much sense with the Tennessee Titans.
His style of play is so physical and it is what Tennessee needs to counter the finesse of Harold Landry on the other side. How many tackles in the NFL are build to handle Clowney’s length and power one play and then Landry’s speed and flexibility the next? Very few.
The coaching staff connections are obvious too with Clowney playing directly under Mike Vrabel during their time in Houston and his best season as a pass rusher coming with Vrabel calling plays.
If you can convince him to take “great but not elite” money, then I think you have to do it given what he can provide for you stylistically and schematically. However, the gap between that number and the number for an elite player might be too much if Jon Robinson can figure out a better way to spend that money.