The Houston Texans have been open to trading down from the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for quite some time, as they would be able to hoard some more draft picks and still manage to snag a top prospect. If the Texans don’t trade down from the first overall pick, though, then their choices are a franchise QB, Greg Robinson as a darkhorse, or Khalil Mack or Jadeveon Clowney. Mack and Clowney are the two most likely options for the Texans at No. 1- Mack is gaining plenty of steam- but the Texans could feel some pressure to snag a QB.
Anyway, the Texans aren’t just kicking around the idea of trading the first overall pick, as the Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei reports that the team has been “actively shopping” their second-round selection. Per Pompei, the Texans would like to add more picks in this year’s draft, and they would have an easier time trading away the 33rd overall pick due to the teams behind them that would be interested in acquiring a quarterback. If this is the case, then it will be interesting to see what the Texans do in order to snag their franchise QB. After trading away Matt Schaub and signing veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, drafting a QB has to be the best option for the Texans if they are looking to trade away the 33rd pick.
Since the Texans aren’t expected to get fair value for the first overall pick (it’s a deep draft, after all, and the two teams behind them, specifically the St. Louis Rams, also have interest in dealing down) but still want extra picks, so trading away the 33rd choice for the right price sounds like a good plan to me.