After drafting the speedy Will Fuller in the first round to help rebuild their (formerly) anemic receiving corps, the Texans have once again turned to bolstering their offense early in the NFL draft by trading up to select Nick Martin (C/OG--Notre Dame) with the 50th overall pick.
That's back-to-back Irishmen for Bill O'Brien so far. Will they make it three for three by selecting Sheldon Day or C.J. Prosise in the third round?
UPDATE (8:04 PM CDT): Here are the details of Houston's trade up to acquire Martin, per Knox Bardeen.
Final trade details: #Falcons trade #50 to #Texans for #52 & #195.— Knox Bardeen (@knoxbardeen) April 30, 2016
That aforementioned 195th selection was a sixth round pick that was acquired from the Jets in exchange for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Simply put, the Texans just traded up two spots essentially for free. After getting jumped several times for players they allegedly wanted in the last two years (Melvin Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Tyler Locket, etc), the Texans are not taking any chances at all in this draft. Rick Smith and Bill O'Brien clearly have a list of players that they want to target, and at this rate nothing is going to stop them from getting "their guys".
We're on to round three, everyone.