The Houston Texans secured the first pick in next Spring’s NFL Draft by posting a 2-14 record. Poor quarterback play was part of the reason why, and in a QB-heavy draft Texans owner Bob McNair hinted Friday that the franchise may be willing to trade down out of the top pick.
“Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” McNair said Friday. “It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.”
Texans general manager Rick Smith echoed McNair’s sentiments, citing that Houston would put a priority on drafting the best players available rather than simply targeting any set position.
“I don’t think you take a particular position just because you need a particular position at any point in the draft, especially the first pick,” Smith said. “So we’ll rank it, we’ll value it, and we’ll make good choices if the opportunity presents itself to move back because it is a very valuable pick, and we’ll entertain those as well.”
Houston not only needs a new franchise quarterback to build around, but could also stand to upgrade their defense and linebacker core specifically.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater would be a prime candidate for the Texans to target as their quarterback, but if they can trade down a spot or two while also securing more picks, Houston could not only land a quarterback but a top tier defensive prospect as well.
The Cleveland Browns hold multiple first round picks (4, 26) and trading up could allow them to take whichever player is atop their draft board while putting the Texans in position to draft more safely instead of reaching for a player with the top spot. The St. Louis Rams are also a team with multiple picks in the top-15 — St. Louis gets the second pick from the Redskins as part of the Robert Griffin III trade in 2012 as well as the 13th overall selection — and would be a prime trade partner.
Houston has options, and you can fully expect them to exercise them all before the clock starts on May 8th.
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