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Houston Texans 'locked in' on player, not expected to trade down

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There has been a complete sense of uncertainty when talking about the Houston Texans options with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, because they have reportedly been in aggressive trade talks. Another layer to the lack of insight on the Texans possible pick is the fact that they have kept their cards extremely close, so we’ve had no indication if they are leaning towards trading down, drafting Jadeveon Clowney, drafting Khalil Mack, or taking a top quarterback. Texans GM Rick Smith said earlier that the Texans know for sure who they would take first if they didn’t trade down, but we sure as heck didn’t know if they were going to trade down or not.

Now, ESPN’s ultra-reliable Adam Schefter reports that the Houston Texans are now “locked in” on their guy at No. 1 and are not expecting to trade down from that pick anymore. Per Schefter, the Texans are “happy” to stay where they are and draft the player they are currently sold on.

The Texans seemed to have a high asking price for potential buyers of the No. 1 pick, and that likely turned plenty of teams off due to the depth in this year’s draft and the desire of other top teams, most namely the St. Louis Rams, to trade down. Ultimately, it looks like the Texans figured that the quality of prospects at the very top of the draft make it work sticking around, but it’s anyone’s guess as to who they will pick. Will it be Mack or Clowney? How about a QB like Teddy Bridgewater? We attempted to answer this extremely difficult question as a staff here.

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