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Texans Draft: Trading the First Pick Among The Options

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that a trade is one thing the Texans could do with their first round pick, but don’t be shocked to see the team go out and pick up a defensive player.

Expect Smith to talk with other teams about trading up. Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller would fill the Texans’ biggest need, but they likely would have to move into the second spot to guarantee getting him. If the price is too high, Smith won’t do it. He has been inclined to trade down in the past.

Nobody will be surprised if the Texans select a defensive player. They need an outside linebacker to play opposite Connor Barwin. They need a cornerback. Last season’s starting safeties, Bernard Pollard and Eugene Wilson, won’t return.

In six of their last seven drafts, the Texans have taken a defensive player with their first pick.

Since Kubiak became head coach in 2006 and defensive end Mario Williams was the No. 1 overall pick, each of the team’s first-rounders became an immediate starter and started at least 14 games as a rookie.

In Kubiak’s five drafts, the only offensive player taken in the first round was left tackle Duane Brown in 2008.

The Texans have eight draft choices, including the last one — Mr. Irrelevant.


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