Mocking the Draft’s Dan Kadar has released his latest mock today; despite a familiar name being linked to the Texans, it carries a new spin – trading down. Kadar has Rick Smith & Co. trading the rights to Jadeveon Clowney to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for two first round picks and a 2014 second rounder. While that price for the first overall pick in a loaded class is a little low for my taste, it is interesting to see a trade down scenario play out in a full two round mock.
Round 1 - Pick 6 [From Atlanta]: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
While there is some risk in trading down this far from No. 1, a good quarterback should be available for the Texans with this choice. Teddy Bridgewater — for us anyway — grades out as a better player than Bortles. Other than fan conjecture, though, there has been almost no discussion of the Texans and Bridgewater. Question it however you choose, but there has been more of a connection between Bortles and Houston. For that, for now, he is the choice.
Round 2 – Pick 33: Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State
There has been some talk about why Khalil Mack should be the pick for the Texans at No. 1. It makes sense because he's a true linebacker and better obvious fit for the defense than Clowney. If Houston goes quarterback in the first, a player like Lawrence could fill that outside linebacker spot nicely.
Round 2 – Pick 37 [From Atlanta]: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Richardson could be Houston's right tackle of the future. He's an athletic blocker — don't let his combine stats fool you — who is just as good of a run-blocker as he is a pass-blocker.
What say you, BRB? Would you be satisfied with a package of Bortles, Lawrence, Richardson, and an extra 2015 first round pick, or would you rather have Clowney/Bridgewater/Mack at first overall and see who falls to pick 33?