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2021 NFL Draft: Texans Awarded Zero Compensatory Picks

The basket stays empty.

NFL: DEC 13 Texans at Bears Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Houston Texans enter the 2021 NFL Draft without a first or second round selection thanks to the Laremy Tunsil trade. That disastrous decision nearly two years ago emptied the future so Houston could blow a 24 point lead in Kansas City in the 2019 NFL Playoffs. Now the Texans are reaping what Bill O’Brien sowed.

Intelligent teams in the NFL allow veterans to walk in free agency and time their free agent additions to add compensatory picks to their springtime collection. Not surprisingly, the Texans were not one of those teams last season. The NFL announced compensatory pick selections for 2021, and the Texans don’t have any to their name.

The Texans are stuck with what they currently have unless Nick Caserio is able to exchange veterans for additional draft picks. It’s going to be difficult to pull this off based on the contracts and players they currently have. It would take monumental decisions to make this happen, but it only takes one team to fall in love with Randall Cobb.

Who are we kidding? Unless Houston decides to trade Laremy Tunsil or Brandin Cooks after trading Deshaun Watson and leaping into a full rebuild, the Texans have the picks they have.

Chalk this up as another L for the Bill O’Brien era.