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Gil Brandt suggests draft-and-trade scenario for Texans at No. 1

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Ten years after the Chargers made Eli Manning the first pick in the draft and then shipped him to the Giants for Philip Rivers plus more, a similar strategy could be unfolding in 16 nights at Radio City Music Hall.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com suggests that the Texans could take defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall selection, and then trade him to a team that takes a predetermined player with its own first-round pick.

The approach makes much more sense than the Texans trading down to a specific spot before the draft, since that would invite speculation from other teams regarding the player the Texans would target, along with a possible leapfrogging of the Texans.  By taking then trading Clowney, the Texans would more likely to get the guy they want later, since the team that takes the player the Texans would pick may not be expected to pick that player.

Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle explained that, in his view, the Texans will take Clowney or quarterback Johnny Manziel with the first overall pick.  If they decide on Manziel and if Manziel remains in play until the team to which Clowney would be traded can get him, the Texans would emerge with Manziel plus more.

And if the team that would trade for Clowney can’t get the other player the Texans want, the Texans presumably would keep Clowney — or possibly trade him to someone else for a different package.

For the full appearance and insight from McClain, click the box below.

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59 Responses to “Gil Brandt suggests draft-and-trade scenario for Texans at No. 1”
  1. hopelesslyoptimisticdallasfan says: Apr 22, 2014 10:33 PM

    Or, the only people that have any clue what is going to happen are in the Texan’s front office. I can’t believe we need to sit through 16 more days of this speculation

  2. greenbleeder says: Apr 22, 2014 10:35 PM

    I suggest that they move the draft back to April.

  3. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 22, 2014 10:38 PM

    Doubt it.

  4. fumblenuts says: Apr 22, 2014 10:41 PM

    Watch owner Jerry Jones try and go after Johnny Football…….

  5. gripless says: Apr 22, 2014 10:42 PM

    Let’s just get the damn draft going, enough of the stupid speculations

  6. mazenblue says: Apr 22, 2014 10:43 PM

    Please take a QB and get the QB frenzy going early.

  7. redfield11 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    I’m usually not impressed with what “experts” come up with, but that’s a pretty good idea.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    It’s very possible they could do this. I suggested this earlier in the week with the Patriots taking a QB in Round 1 and then keeping options open which one of option of course is for a team to get aggressive and pay in trade.

    And for this reason it could make sense for some team to make a calculated offer now that gives the Texans a choice they must make. I guessed at the Lions as being the team that takes a shot and puts something in writing and hits “Send” on a facsimile machine while patiently waiting for the confirmation to maybe be displayed. The Texans might act on that offer if they see it.

  9. sportzpig says: Apr 22, 2014 10:45 PM

    Pick Clowney. Keep him.

    Anything else and you are starting to look like Browns South.

  10. grantgoodman93 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:47 PM

    I was just thinking about it…it’s still mind-blowing that the Texans hold the #1 pick.

  11. gbatap says: Apr 22, 2014 10:52 PM

    Texans aren’t exactly full of holes. This is a pretty good team that has had some suspect QB play the last couple of years and a coach who’s message was probably getting stale. QBs stock seem to be dropping as the draft gets closer so take Clowney with your first pick then move back into the first round around pick 20-23 and get a QB like Carr or Bridgewater(once he slides).

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 22, 2014 10:53 PM

    The Falcons could use a perimeter rusher and sit at #6. Falcons could draft a QB for the Texans. Kind of makes sense.

  13. bennyb82 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:55 PM

    If it is a draft and trade, I think there is no question Clowney would hold more value. A team looking for a QB is not gonna give up a ridiculous amount when there are other QBs they could go after in the 2nd or 3rd round. And there does not appear to be another Clowney.

  14. qdog112 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:59 PM

    The Texans should take Johnny Wildcat to go down in history as the NFL’s Portland Trailblazers. The team that drafted Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan.

  15. jwcarlson says: Apr 22, 2014 11:05 PM

    This seems extremely unlikely. It would be nice to see some.crazy draft day trades though. Too bad for the Texans that the Redskins may have realized their RG3 folly, otherwise they might have had a trading partner.

  16. guitarfreak21 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:08 PM

    I like that model…. I would think more teams would be interested in using that as a better guarantee than straight up gambling with a trade down.

  17. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 22, 2014 11:09 PM

    wont happen, the Texans will keep whomever they pick at #1 , is good in theory though.

  18. sterlingrodgers says: Apr 22, 2014 11:11 PM

    That seems to make a lot more sense for them than simply taking Manziel #1, if Manziel is who they want.

  19. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Apr 22, 2014 11:11 PM

    I can’t understand why the Texans wouldn’t take Clowney for themselves. Their DL would be almost unblockable.

  20. wayneflores says: Apr 22, 2014 11:14 PM

    Just pick player they want first. First pick, can choose any player they want at onset

  21. rwhite84 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:15 PM

    I don’t think any teams actually want Clowney as much as it’s played like. Teams are scared of a lazy athlete and Mack is much more versatile.

  22. jimbo75025 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:16 PM

    And then what happens if they intend on doing this and a third team throws a monkey wrench in the works by picking the player they wanted? Then they end up for all intents and purposes stuck with a player they did not want at a #1 overall selection.

    Just decide on a player and be done with it. Having the #1 pick and still getting out-maneuvered is not something anyone wants on their resume.

  23. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:18 PM

    For the love of God, when will this draft be over?

  24. praetorian12 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:31 PM

    This would require the Texans front office to behave in a shrewd, intelligent fashion… (insert punchline here…)

  25. raiders4ever says: Apr 22, 2014 11:43 PM

    huh ?? yea then that guy u traded for and his agent want first pick money since you made deal to get with the first pick you picked in first round..I totally get it “

  26. dawgnme says: Apr 22, 2014 11:51 PM

    Thanks for just ehfing it up. Now it’ll never happen.

  27. buffbill235 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:56 PM

    Well the Bills were mentioned earlier, makes the most sense that it’s them, though I think the Bucs make sense as well.

  28. seatownballers says: Apr 23, 2014 12:27 AM

    Saw draft day. It was so unrealistic. Laughable

  29. Derwin Worrell says: Apr 23, 2014 12:59 AM

    It can be done. The Chargers and Giants did it with Eli and Rivers.

  30. 1910nuffsaid says: Apr 23, 2014 1:08 AM

    As someone who starts every conversation by saying “i’m a die hard texan fan”. I will stop saying that if they screw this draft up and take manziel.

  31. dwatkins69 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:08 AM

    John McClain sure does talk a lot.

  32. deinoslogos says: Apr 23, 2014 1:13 AM

    Or they could just stop over-thinking things and just take Clowney instead of reaching for a QB.

  33. trbowman says: Apr 23, 2014 1:37 AM

    Bottom line for me is – what’s McClain saying? He’s the guy closest to the Texans and he’s just about never wrong on them. Nobody else’s reports mean a thing to me.

  34. txtuff says: Apr 23, 2014 1:40 AM

    Gil Brandt’s time has come and gone. He is so hard to listen too, needs to hang the microphone up.

  35. campcouch says: Apr 23, 2014 2:07 AM

    We’ve been hearing about this draft since the beginning of the 2012 college football season. Draft a bagel if you want,just get it over with.

  36. Derwin Worrell says: Apr 23, 2014 2:38 AM

    If I’m the Texans, I stay away from Clowney. He’s a 4-3 end anyway. I don’t think that guy is going to compete for the full 60 minutes. Clowney and Manziel, buyer beware. Manziel is not going to last with his playing style.

  37. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:21 AM

    Jimbo; Texas should just take whom they want with the #1 pick and wait for the other team to approach them. It’s time.

  38. SAV says: Apr 23, 2014 5:19 AM

    Khalil Mack OFF THE BOARD!!! #1 overall pick!

    You get your freak athlete but you get a hard working versatile tough player as well.

  39. drednot says: Apr 23, 2014 6:20 AM

    Sammy Watkins is the best player in this draft…hands down. Why wouldn’t they consider him? Andre Johnson isn’t getting any younger.

  40. seabreezes51 says: Apr 23, 2014 6:31 AM

    It’s a method to get who you want without having to pay the player his slotted salary… Perfectly legal but kinda slimy.

  41. fissels says: Apr 23, 2014 7:06 AM

    This damn draft can’t come soon enough

  42. alucardsanigav says: Apr 23, 2014 7:10 AM

    Trade with Detroit. Lions get Clowney and the Texans 2nd round pick. Houston gets Suh and the Lions 1st round(10th overall).

  43. mkbane says: Apr 23, 2014 7:16 AM

    This is unlikely. The salary cap allocation (cap within a cap) for rookies is based on draft picks used, not on where your rookies were picked. This is the biggest reason you see picks traded and then players drafted, not players drafted then traded.

    The Eli trade is the lone exception I can think of to this, and they did have to deal with this issue. It’s not impossible to get around, but not worth dealing with when you can circumvent it so easily.

  44. laidbackinhouston says: Apr 23, 2014 7:42 AM

    Huh? is this like, uh…, texas hold’em? Now I get it

  45. sylvester000001 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:28 AM

    yeah because that always happens

  46. kayakattack says: Apr 23, 2014 8:30 AM

    did anyone go to his birthday party?

  47. fordmandalay says: Apr 23, 2014 8:54 AM

    Collusion: Improper secret agreement between two or more entities, to defraud or deprive others of their property or rightful share, or to otherwise indulge in a forbidden, illegal, or illegitimate activity.

  48. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 23, 2014 8:58 AM

    We fans are clueless about most of the behind the scenes offers that GMs make to each other on draft day. One of my favorites that was leaked was that, in 2006, my Titans made a last minute bid with the Saints to swap the Saints’ No. 2 pick for the Titans’ No. 3 (plus more) so the Titans could draft Reggie Bush instead of Vince Young. I would’ve liked that revealing news even more if the Saints had agreed to swap picks!

  49. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 23, 2014 9:08 AM

    This may be 2006 all over again: the Texans pass on the popular fave (Reggie Bush = Clowney) and the local hero (Vince Young = Manziel) to take the player who will surprisingly prove to be the best (Mario Williams = Mack).

  50. thraiderskin says: Apr 23, 2014 9:15 AM

    The NBA does this often, no one cries then.

  51. farmmbig says: Apr 23, 2014 9:43 AM

    The draft/trade scenarios are one reason I dislike the NBA’s Draft…… Plus the fact that it’s in June and weather is great for doing outdoor activities… Which is also a reason the NFL needs to get the draft back to April!

    I cannot watch the NFL Draft this season because of a baseball coaching conflict. Thanks Goodell.

  52. conormacleod says: Apr 23, 2014 9:57 AM

    My schedule was empty in April and full in May. Just a horrible decision to move the draft.

  53. ravenmadnky says: Apr 23, 2014 10:28 AM

    The Texans should take Clowney #1 and then trade back into the middle of the first round to get a qb. My Ravens make perfect sense. Baltimore picks 17th (950) points. Houston picks 33rd (580) points. This 370 point differential is nearly equal to the value of Houston’s third and fourth rounds picks. I bet Ozzie would jump all over 2nd, 3rd and 4th picks for a 16 slot trade-down.

  54. woodygg says: Apr 23, 2014 11:01 AM

    In that picture, he looks like the little kid in The Middle

    *whispers* the middle…

  55. clintblairjr says: Apr 23, 2014 11:12 AM

    I know everyone despises Manziel bc he is constantly in the media, played for the Aggies (although wanted to play for Texas Longhorns), Is friends with celebrities like Drake, Lebron, and ESPN alum. However, this guy is a hard worker, gifted athlete, very intelligent, and has been playing with a chip on his shoulder since high school. He was never considered a 5 star recruit and had to battle his way into the position he is now. Everyone says he is too small to go to the next level but remember this men do not stop growing till the age 25. He wheres a size 15 shoe? He is going to get taller and stronger in the NFL like most athletes do when they get to the next level. Everyone says he is cannot read defenses. I saw him with John Gruden and he not only knows how to read defs but is familiar with protections as well. He seems to relish at the oppurtunity to learn more about these two important skills. I think the only knock I would give him is that he should of stayed and played another year to improve his game in the pocket. However he is here now and I think he was getting bored with the competion. He made the SEC look like fools his two seasons he played and the game against LSU was a bad preparation due to lack of practice and gameplanning coming off a shoulder injury the week before. I think he is going to be a great QB for any team bc he can mold his game to fit any scheme they put in place. This kid will make the players around him better, and believe he is more like Tom Brady on leadership, knowledge, drive, and determination.

  56. dualprime says: Apr 23, 2014 11:21 AM

    Take Mack! Keep Mack! Get QB later!

  57. bassplucker says: Apr 23, 2014 11:49 AM

    What would Kevin Costner do?

  58. sbchampsagain says: Apr 23, 2014 11:57 AM

    Hate the May Draft.
    Move it back, Greedell.

  59. mikepristas says: Apr 25, 2014 9:26 AM

    I see houston taking Clowney and waiting to see how the rest of the 1st round unfolds. The Texans biggest need is at QB. There are several quality QBs in the draft including this Carr kid from Fresno State who is flying under the radar. Depending on how the 1st round unfolds and the offers from other NFL teams for Clowney the Texans could keep Clowney if they can get someone like Carr in the 2nd round. If they get a ridiculous offer from another team loaded with draft picks ala Herschel Walker or Ricky Williams trade they will trade Clowney.

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