Life is art. Just hours after this post went up, ESPN’s Dianna Russini is reporting that the Texans and Bill O’Brien are in fact talking to other teams about what it’ll take to move into the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
I’d file this in the category as “right on brand”, I’m told the Texans have called some teams to trade up into the first round. Bill O’Brien never scared to make a trade. #Texans— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) April 23, 2020
This could be nothing more than O’Brien doing his due diligence. Or it could be another case of the Texans actively trying to further mortgage their future in an attempt to win now no matter the cost.
Even if you believe premium draft picks are overrated, when does it stop? In addition to being down a first rounder this year, the Texans are also missing their first and second round draft picks next year thanks to the Laremy Tunsil/Kenny Stills trade. What could the Texans reasonably part with that’d justify the cost of moving into the first round this year?
UPDATE: Sarah Barshop speculates the price could be Houston’s 2020 second-rounder (#40 overall) and a veteran.
The Texans have picks No. 40 and 90 tomorrow and do not have a first- or second-round pick in 2021. It would likely take No. 40 + veteran player to get into the first-round tonight. https://t.co/xEEaGnTynk— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) April 23, 2020
Could a guy like Benardrick McKinney be part of a trade package? Is there a player likely to be available in the later half of the first round who’d be more valuable than B-Mac and whoever the Texans could score at No. 40?