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Spurrier endorses Clowney as top pick

The Texans' choice for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft isn't really a choice at all, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says.

It has to be defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who played for Spurrier.

"I think you have to (draft Clowney)," Spurrier told the Dan Patrick Show when asked what he would do in the Texans' position. "If there was an Andrew Luck, if he was available, I think you'd have to consider a guy like him. But it seems like all the quarterbacks, everybody has their favorite quarterback. Who knows who is going to be the best? So maybe the sure pick would be Jadeveon."

Spurrier called Clowney, who left South Carolina for the draft after his junior season last year, the best pass rusher he's seen in college and believes he would have been the No. 1 overall pick even if he had sat out the 2013 season.

"Most players, to be the No. 1 pick, they have to have a super junior year or senior year … and they vault themselves into that No. 1 position. He was already there," Spurrier said. "He had nowhere to go but down. So it was very unique."

Expanded playoffs: Commissioner Roger Goodell left open the possibility of expanded playoffs for the 2014 season, although time may be running out to add a wild card to each conference. Owners will discuss an expanded playoff format when they meet May 20 in Atlanta, he told a gathering of the Associated Press Sports Editors group in New York on Thursday. Expansion to 14 teams won't happen this year unless it's approved in May, Goodell said. Even if the owners gave the okay, the players association would have to agree. If no vote is taken, 2015 would be the target for expanded playoffs, with a vote possible in October or March.

PAT Tweak: After the league voted last month to move extra-point kicks to the 20-yard line during the first two weeks of the preseason, those plans have changed. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said extra points will instead be staged from the 15, the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal. The competition committee made the recommendation within the past week after a handful of clubs complained that kicks would be too tough from 20, he said.

49ers: Linebacker Aldon Smith won't face felony charges in connection with accusations he made a false bomb threat at the Los Angeles airport, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. But he still could face a misdemeanor charge; the case was referred to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration. Smith was arrested April 13 after he was randomly selected for a secondary screening at the airport and became uncooperative, telling a Transportation Security Administration agent he had a bomb, airport police say.

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