Just like the 2006 NFL draft, the Texans could use the top pick on an athletic defensive end.

In an interview posted on the team’s website, owner Bob McNair shared his thoughts on South Carolina standout Jadeveon Clowney and compared the 6-6, 275-pound 20-year-old to the Texans’ last No. 1 overall pick.

“He is a remarkable player,” McNair, a South Carolina alum, said of Clowney. “He’s one of these players that’s really a once-in-every-10 years kind of physical specimen that comes along. Mario Williams was that way. I think Clowney is actually a better athlete than Mario.”

Following his stellar 2012 season (13 sacks, 23.5 tackles for a loss), Clowney was the heavy favorite to be the top pick in the 2014 draft. But injuries and alleged work-ethic issues marred his 2013 campaign (3 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss) and cast some doubts about his draft stock.