Draft Down for Khalil Mack a smart choice?


Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There is talk around the league that the Houston Texans might trade down from the top slot to make a go at Khalil Mack instead of taking Jadeveon Clowney with the number one pick. I don’t buy this. Drafts are full of intrigue. What I could see instead, is the Texans letting the league know “hey, if you got your heart set on so and so player, we’re willing to deal”.  With the right team, that could translate to a wealth of picks down stream, something  worth considering.  However with the top pick in each round, is it worth the effort?

If that’s the case, it means that 2014’s draft class is being seen as a lot of potential, but few if any “must have” players. If the team feels that trading down for more picks later rounds out the roster better to over come the needs of the club, so be it. The only issue with that is, what team sees something in Clowney or another player that they are willing to give up draft spots for? What are the Texans missing?

However the draft shakes out, I think we’ll be all right. Rick Smith is no dummy and O’B1 deserves the chance to show his stuff. They all know how important this draft is to the fans and the teams next two seasons. In the end, I know they’ll get it right.  By picking Jadeveon Clowney.

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