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2016 NFL Mock Draft: A Houston Texans Trade Up?

Could the Houston Texans trade up...with a division rival...for a wide receiver next month? One mock draft from says yes. Find out more on BRB.

A better fit than Corey Coleman?
A better fit than Corey Coleman?
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Back in the dark days before your Houston Texans signed Brock Osweiler, there was debate amongst the fan base about whether the Texans should try to trade up in the first round to select a quarterback. One current mock draft predicts the Texans moving up the board, but not for a quarterback.

How does this scenario from's Chris Burke grab you?

18. Houston Texans (via projected trade with Indianapolis Colts): Josh Doctson (WR, TCU)

The Texans probably could stay put at 22 and still find an impact wide receiver. The alternative is for them to take control of their own fate and jump up for Doctson. TCU’s standout receiver would be an ideal complement to the remarkable DeAndre Hopkins—Doctson can obliterate one-on-one coverage deep.

The sticking point on this idea is that it’s an intra-division trade. That’s only a problem if both teams are on the fence about it. Say 22, 119 and a 2016 fourth for this pick, a haul comparable to the San Diego–San Francisco trade from 2015.

Setting aside the perceived difficulty of trading with a division rival (though the Texans did pull off a similar deal with the Titans back in 2004, when Charley Casserly traded the farm for the right to draft Jason Babin), would you consider it a wise decision to part with this year's first round pick, this year's fourth round pick, and next year's fourth round pick (I'm assuming "...and a 2016 fourth..." is a typo, seeing as how Pick No. 119 is the Texans' 2016 fourth round pick) for the right to move up four spots in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select Josh Doctson? With (at least in this scenario) Corey Coleman, Sterling Shepard, A'Shawn Robinson, Andrew Billings, Vernon Butler, and Paxton Lynch still on the board?