Houston Texans 2019 NFL Draft: Will Houston Trade Up?

Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans currently hold the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but will they have to trade up in the draft to select the player they want?

Thursday night will be a huge evening for the Houston Texans because they will be making an important decision for their franchise with the 23rd overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. That said, will the Texans have to trade up in the draft to be able to select a player they can’t afford to wait on?

A few recent mock drafts have the Texans trading up in the draft order to gain one of the top offensive tackles, and that includes one mock draft by R.J. White of CBSSports.com where he has the Texans selecting 13th overall. In that scenario, White has the Texans making a trade with the Miami Dolphins to select offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State.

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Dillard is a Top 3 offensive tackle in the draft and though it is uncertain if the Texans will have to trade up to select him, it could happen. To do so, the Texans would most likely have to exchange their first round pick with a team, but also add in one of their two second round choices, with Houston holding the 54th and 55th overall draft picks.

Peter King of NBC Sports in his Football Morning in America column on Monday began the trend of the Texans making a trade in the draft by predicting the Texans would trade up to 17th overall with the New York Giants to select Dillard.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com is another draft expert to have the Texans trading up for Dillard, moving up to the eighth overall pick in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

Jeremiah wrote the following on a potential trade with the Lions:

"“There are a lot of rumblings about Detroit and Buffalo looking to trade down, and the Texans are desperate for tackle help. They could afford to part with one of their two second-round picks this year.”"

In another national mock draft, ESPN.com draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has the Texans staying pat and drafting cornerback Greedy Williams of LSU, so that adds even more intrigue to the night of the Texans on Thursday, because they could skip drafting a tackle, but add to their secondary.

However the the Texans decide to tackle Day 1 of the NFL Draft, my belief is they should stay at 23rd overall and select the best offensive tackle on the board. If they do that, they can use the two second round picks on Friday night to add more depth to their roster on both sides of the field.

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What are your thoughts on if the Texans should trade up or stay where they are in the draft on Thursday night?