Nov 16, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) rushes the quarterback against the Florida Gators in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
The closer we get to the 2014 NFL Draft, the more and more rumors all of us are going to hear about the Houston Texans and their No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
The latest “rumor” is the Texans will trade down to the No. 6 spot of the draft, which is currently held by the Atlanta Falcons, trade the pick before the selection is made and the Falcons draft at No. 1 overall.
Ed Werder of ESPN Tweeted Thursday:
My thoughts on the Texans drafting Clowney, then trading him for the No. 6 pick and probably a package of other picks of some sort, is this … unless that package includes a first-rounder in 2015, or some high picks (second and third rounders) in this 2014 draft, DON’T DO IT.
It is that simple.
There is no need to give up on what could be the most fearsome defensive line in the entire NFL with J.J. Watt and Clowney, unless they get two first-rounders out of it.
That is basically the only way I would trade that pick. (Unless the Falcons want to add Julio Jones to the trade. I’m kidding, that would never happen.)
I just don’t like the idea of the Texans drafting, then trading, who I consider the most exciting player in this draft. Plus, the Seattle Seahawks proved a defense will win you a Super Bowl in this current NFL, no matter how great of a quarterback or offense you have or don’t have.
The NFL is about defense now, and though the Texans have Watt, they need to give him a lot more help, and Clowney would be that guy.
Yes, I know they need a quarterback as well, but that can wait until rounds two or three in this draft. The team already has 11 picks in this draft, and there is talent is all seven rounds, it is just up to the Texans scouts, coaches and front office to find them.
Again, if they don’t get two first-round choices out of of a potential trade with any team, then I would have to say keep the pick and move on.
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