Texans trade up in Peter King’s NFL mock draft

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Should the Houston Texans trade up in the first round? Peter King seems to think so.

You have probably read and looked over numerous NFL mock drafts this offseason.

Well this one is a little different.

Peter King of The MMQB has released his first round mock draft and he has the Texans trading up for the 17th pick in order to land Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson.

"17. HOUSTON (from Washington)Texans trade 25th and 57th picks for No. 17 overall.Deshaun Watson, QB, ClemsonProbably right where Watson should go. Texans need to trade into the teens to get the QB they want."

This is kind of ironic since I just posted an article on what it would take for the Texans to trade up. I did a breakdown on how Houston could trade up to grab the fifth pick or the 11th pick.

Let’s talk about what it would take for Houston to move to 17.

It actually wouldn’t be that difficult.

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The 17th pick is worth 950 points on the NFL draft value chart. With the 25th pick being 720 points, the Texans could swap first round picks with Washington and then add in their second round pick.

If Washington wants another pick, Houston could also throw in a fourth or fifth round pick.

So trading up to 17 is very feasible for the Texans.

You might wonder why would the Texans want to trade up into that spot?

While there aren’t any NFL teams between picks 13 and 24 that are expected to take a quarterback, any quarterback needy team could jump ahead of the Texans and take someone like Watson.

Trading up themselves would ensure that Houston gets a good rookie quarterback if one does start to slide.

Getting back to Watson.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported this morning that the Texans could end up taking Watson if he were to fall to them in the first round.

It Watson does slide out of the top 13, it will be interesting to see what happens.