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2020 NFL Draft Rumors: Texans Calling About Trading Up Into First Round?

Dianna Russini says Bill O’Brien is not sitting idly and waiting for the second round.

Divisional Round - Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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.

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.

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?