The Texans have made a habit of drafting defensive linemen in the first round.
Some have worked, notably Mario Williams.
More have not panned out, including Jason Babin and Travis Johnson, who the Texans gave up on Monday when they dealt him to the Chargers.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers gave up a sixth-round pick that will turn into a fifth-rounder if Johnson meets minimum playing time requirements.
Unlike Babin, Johnson has displayed starting-caliber skills at some points in his career. This deal seems like a good risk for San Diego. The Texans were just fed up with his inability to stay healthy and there have been whispers about his work ethic.
It’s unclear if Johnson will play nose tackle or defensive end in San Diego’s 3-4 scheme, although we’ll guess that he is a reserve at end.