The comparisons between Jadeveon Clowney and Lawrence Taylor are unavoidable.

Taylor, the former Giants legend, is arguably the great pass-rusher in NFL history. Clowney has a long way to measure up to Taylor's accomplishments, but the South Carolina defensive end enters Thursday's NFL Draft as one of the most hyped pass-rushers to join the league in years.

Clowney, who burst onto the national scene last year with a crushing tackle in the Outback Bowl, is widely projected to go to the Houston Texans with the first pick in the draft.

Clowney is embracing the high expectations that will accompany him to the NFL. And if that means comparisons to Taylor, Clowney won't shy away.

"I think I can do what he did – run around a lot of guys, make a lot of plays, even though you can't hit like they were hitting back then," Clowney said Wednesday at a pre-draft media availability in Manhattan. "I watched him do some hits and he was trying to kill people, take their heads off. You can't hit like that no more, so you have to do it the right way."

Clowney said he used to watch YouTube clips of Taylor to get fired up for games in college.