Houston Texans: Ranking each of Bill O’Brien’s trades as general manager
6. 2020 6th round pick to the Patriots for Keion Crossen
There was nothing about this trade that warrants a negative reaction, it just did not involve a high-profile player, as the Houston Texans receiver cornerback Keion Crossen.
Crossen was buried on the depth chart all of last season, and was mostly relegated to special teams, tallying only 13 total tackles in the process. The potential for growth still remains, as Crossen is only 23 years old and under contract until 2021.
5. 2020 3rd round pick to the Raiders for for Gareon Conley
Midway through the year last season, Bill O’Brien decided to reinforce the Texans secondary after multiple injuries, poor play, and the release of Aaron Colvin. Johnathan Joseph was playing well, but was too old to keep around forever.
Bradley Roby provided a new jolt of energy, but missed time with a hamstring injury. After being drafted in the first round in 2017 from Ohio State, Gareon Conley also racked up a laundry list of injuries, seeing his value depreciate for the Oakland Raiders.
The third-round pick that was traded for Conley was actually the same pick acquired months before in the Clowney trade from Seattle, which some argued was not a great use of value.
During his eight games, Conley started six of them and managed 27 tackles and 11 pass deflections. Combined between his stints on both teams last year, Conley earned a 63.2 grade via Pro Football Focus, yet remains the third cornerback on the Texans depth chart.