The Houston Texans were not content to just sit back and hope their target player was available with their 51st overall selection in the 2015 NFL Drfat, so general manager Rick Smith made a move. The team traded their 51st pick, along with their 116th pick in the fourth round and 195th in the sixth round to the Cleveland Browns for the right to pick 43rd overall.
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The Texans also received a 7th rounder, the 229th selection, from Cleveland in the deal. The NFL Network tweeted out the trade detailsshortly after the pick was announced.
With the second round choice the Texans again focused on defense, as they did in round one with Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson, taking Benardrick McKinney, a linebacker from Mississippi State.
McKinney is a 6’5″, 249 pounder who will most likely compete to start immediately at one of the two inside linebacker spots for the Texans. The defensive player racked up 243 career tackles and seven and a half sacks for Mississippi State in his three seasons.
The Texans remaining picks are as follows (* indicates compensatory picks which cannot be traded);
Round 3: 82nd overall
Round 5: 152nd overall
Round 5: 174th overall*
Round 6: 211th overall*
Round 6: 216th overall*
Round 7: 229th overall
Round 7: 235th overall