Houston Texans: Updated draft order post-Brandin Cooks trade

Houston Texans, Bill O'Brien(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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Looking at the Houston Texans updated draft order after acquiring wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams.

The Houston Texans made yet again another change to their draft order after agreeing to a trade that will land them veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams. Texans shipped their 57th overall pick of the draft for Cooks and a fourth-round pick in 2022. Barring any other blockbuster trade, the Texans will proceed into the draft with seven draft selections.

Houston will have at least a pick in every round, except for the first and sixth rounds. Texans traded their 2020 first-round draft selection in the exchange with the Miami Dolphins that landed them their starting Pro Bowl left tackle in Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills, and a fourth-rounder this year. Meanwhile, O’Brien traded their sixth-rounder for defensive back and special teamer Keion Crossen from the New England Patriots.

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  • Round 2, pick 8 (40th overall) from Arizona
  • Round 3, pick 26 (90th overall)
  • Round 4, pick 5 (111th overall) from Miami
  • Round 5, pick 25 (171st overall)
  • Round 7, pick 26 (240th overall)
  • Round 7, pick 34 (248th overall) compensatory
  • Round 7, pick 36 (250th overall) compensatory

Texans also traded their incoming compensatory third-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Duke Johnson. They traded another third-round pick they received from the Seattle Seahawks for Jadeveon Clowney to the Oakland Raiders for cornerback Gareon Conley.

O’Brien also swapped fourth rounders in the DeAndre Hopkins trade that sent him to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and their 2020 second-rounder. The fourth-rounder the Texans received from the Cardinals will come in next year’s draft.

Houston has been active in trades, but they have enough picks to fill out their roster with young players to develop.

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The Cardinals second-rounder is their best asset moving forward as they will be able to move up in the latter part of the first round or trade back to get more draft picks for a team desperate to move up in the early part of the second round.