Texans Trading Draft Pick Is Best Option


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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  • John Fahrlender

    too much to give up….there are others in the first and second round who will work as well

  • Hunter

    I’d love to see a move like that. Normally I would say there’s absolutely no chance, but all their jobs are on the line…so maybe there is a sliver of hope. Von is probably worthy of a #2 and the Broncos need to fill a lot of holes. The Texans also may have an extra 3rd round pick to play with this year. From the texans perspective, I think this is the position they will target in the 1st as the cannot afford any more youth at the DB position, i.e. Price.

    Here’s an interesting link: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft06/news/story?id=2410670

  • Jacques Onu

    This is the exact scenario that I have been telling my peers! However, if there is a new CBA before the draft look for us to use Amobi Okoye instead of our 2012 first round pick to move up. John Fox is implementing his 4-3 in Denver and would love to get his hands on the kid who still has tremendous upside. Fellow Texans do not be upset with this aggressiveness. We will have the best LB core in the league! We will then acquire a veteran CB and move Glover Quinn to FS. Look for us to target Rahim Moore with our second round pick as our SS. We will have an incredible defense next year!

  • David Uribe

    i wonder if they could even get Patrick Peterson instead, but i think instead of the 2012 draft pick we give them our 11th pick, our 2nd round and Ben Tate because they need a RB

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