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Texans Trading Draft Pick Is Best Option

By RICH LORD
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Former Broncos quarterback John Elway now serves as the team's executive vice president. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images Sport)

Former Broncos quarterback John Elway now serves as the team’s executive vice president. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images Sport)

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With the NFL Draft coming up on April 28, here are my thoughts on how the first round might go.

Click here for my 2011 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.

I’m going out on a limb and predicting that the Texans will dial up their old friend, John Elway, in Denver and make a deal to acquire the second overall pick in the draft. Ever since ex-Broncos’ player and assistant coach Gary Kubiak was hired as head coach of the Texans and ex-Broncos’ assistant coach and director of player personnel Rick Smith was hired as general manager, there’s been a strong connection between the Texans and the Broncos.

From the head coach to the general manager and continuing with assistant coaches, scouts, players and front office personnel, it’s not a stretch to refer to the Texans as ‘Denver South’. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially since Denver won two Super Bowl titles doing things, ‘the Denver way’.

I’m predicting that the Texans will offer the Broncos the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft along with their 2012 first round pick and maybe a third- or fourth-rounder in this years draft as well in order to get their dream deal done. If Elway bites, the Texans will then use the second overall pick to select Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller, the best defensive player in the Big 12 last season.

Miller would be a perfect fit for the weakside outside linebacker position in the new 3-4 defensive scheme that is about to be installed by Houston’s new defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, who, by the way, was once employed as the defensive coordinator and head coach for (you guessed it) the Denver Broncos.

Click here for my 2011 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.


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