Houston (CBS Houston) – As the NFL off-season continues to churn, opinions about the number one pick are aplenty. One common train of thought, ‘trade the pick’, may not be as much of an option as most think.
Twice the Texans have had the number one pick, twice the Texans shopped the pick, and twice the Texans didn’t even get an offer.
“We never got one offer.” Casserley told The Triple Threat on Monday. “Certainly we shopped the pick because we do that to see what they are offering.”
2002 and 2006 have some similar qualities to the 2014 draft. Both classes included a ‘once in a generation’ pass rushing prospect (Julius Peppers in 2002 and Mario Williams 2006) and neither included a quarterback as highly rated as Andrew Luck.
As Casserly sees it, the number one pick can only be traded if the conditions are perfect.
“There has to be, usually, a quarterback that’s the Andrew Luck variety, the RG III variety that’s going to instigate a trade. That’s why you see so few (trades involving the number one pick).” Casserley said. “Usually what happens is, there’s enough good players that people don’t want to give up picks to go get the player that you’re going to have at one.”
Casserly is right, number one picks are rarely traded. But to not receive a single offer is pretty remarkable.
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