Hey, Rihanna: Jadeveon Clowney has his eyes on you
MAY 07, 2014 7:01p ET
If it rains at the NFL Draft on Thursday, Jadeveon Clowney would like to make it known that Rihanna is more than welcome to stand under his umbrella ... ella ... ella.
The former South Carolina defensive end -- and possible No. 1 draft pick -- fielded questions from the media Wednesday during a pre-draft event in New York.
Aside from acknowledging to The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) that "my life is going to change" once the draft gets underway at Radio City Music Hall, Clowney also revealed something a bit more surprising.
It turns out that a certain pop siren is his celebrity crush:
Clowney on his celebrity crush after some thought: "Rihanna, yeah, Rihanna, I'm coming girl."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) May 7, 2014
It is unclear how Chris Brown and/or Drake may feel about this development, but any guy who has a problem with Clowney's crush may just want to go ahead and keep quiet about it anyway.
Aside from flirting with a pop star Wednesday, Clowney also reportedly flirted with a comedy routine, attempting to impersonate Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier -- before catching himself.
The State newspaper reports that Clowney offered a high-pitched "Hey guys," but then thought better of it.
"No, I better leave my coach alone, he's a good guy," Clowney told The State. "I love my coach. He's one of the greatest coaches. He took care of us while I was down there. He didn't try to do too much beating us up. Listening to some of these other guys, they have been through a lot."
While many pundits seem to have Clowney pegged as the No. 1 pick, not everyone is convinced. For example,The State newspaper cites ex-NFL executive Gil Brandt as having Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack ahead of Clowney:
Gil Brandt, who rates Mack over Clowney: "Clowney is the guy that is either going to get you fired or get you an extension."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) May 7, 2014
For his part, Johnny Manziel -- who also is expected to have a big Thursday -- sidestepped the entire debate, according to The State.
"I think they both (Clowney and Mack) will be very successful," the paper quotes Johnny Football as saying. "They are both freakishly talented. It's not up to me to decide."