With the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs do not take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
The NFL has a rule, agreed to by the NFL Players Association and tested in court. It stipulates that a player must be at least three years removed from high school before he’s eligible for the draft.
Clowney is two years removed from Rock Hill’s South Pointe High. He turns 20 on Valentine’s Day.
The Chiefs might not select Clowney even if he were eligible. But he’d be a contender.
If he played basketball or baseball, if he specialized in golf or tennis, if he boxed or fought in a steel cage, he’d already be a pro.