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Rick Smith knows who he wants, sees value in trading down

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Texans General Manager Rick Smith knows who he wants to select with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Unless some team offers him a package of picks that he wants even more.

I absolutely know who I want,” Smith told FOX Sports Southwest. “I know the guys we like. The fortunate thing about having the first pick is I’ve got the pick of the litter, so I will know exactly who I want at that point.”

Most people seem to think the player Smith wants is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but there are those who think he wants Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles or Buffalo linebacker Kahlil Mack. The question is whether, at some point in the next week, some team will bowl Smith over with an offer that makes Smith move down.

“Now where the game is played is if there’s an opportunity to move and, in this case, obviously to move back if somebody else wants to come up to that first pick,” Smith said. “Then you weigh what the opportunities are versus who the individual is that you want to take and what that value is relative to the value that somebody might be offering you. But as you move through the draft, obviously you don’t know who’s going to be picked when.”

There will probably be some team that loves Clowney enough to give the Texans a good deal to move up to No. 1. Smith may end up with the player he wants, and some extra picks as well.

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37 Responses to “Rick Smith knows who he wants, sees value in trading down”
  1. barsfordays says: May 1, 2014 11:56 AM

    Johnny Football is the only player worthy of being the No.1 pick.
    Otherwise trade down.

  2. jdbaker01 says: May 1, 2014 12:04 PM

    I think it’s either Clowney or Watkins. Possibly Manziel. No way it’s Bortles or Mack, he could trade back a few spots and get either one of them.

  3. myworldurjuslivinit says: May 1, 2014 12:04 PM

    is he running for political office?…have no idea what he is saying…sigh.

  4. kingmj4891 says: May 1, 2014 12:06 PM

    As long as Rick Smith is the GM the team will get the pick wrong.

  5. madroaddog says: May 1, 2014 12:08 PM

    I would be trading down since this a very deep draft because the Clown’s lack of work ethic and possible off field issues is just enough to push me in that direction.

  6. justintuckrule says: May 1, 2014 12:15 PM

    Easy. Take the Clown or move down.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 1, 2014 12:16 PM

    “Obviously, obviously, obviously”. but Rick still feels the need to elucidate, and not in a straightforward manner.

  8. andrewluck12 says: May 1, 2014 12:17 PM

    Problem with trading down is finding a team to do it. Teams saw what the redskins gave up to draft ‘ a can’t miss guy ‘. Is there really a guy some team would be mortgage their future for?

  9. docsweeney says: May 1, 2014 12:17 PM

    Please, start the draft. This endless parade of stories and smokescreens from all of these GMs and draftpundits must end!!!

  10. camcameronsucks says: May 1, 2014 12:19 PM

    The Texans aren’t stupid, they know Quarterbacks are hands-down the most influential position.

    The Colts went from 2-14 to 10-6 with Andrew Luck. Am I saying Manziel is on Luck’s level? No.

    But I am saying that Rick Smith is throwing a smoke screen, he want’s Manizel but I can gaurantee the Falcons or someone else trades with them to pick up Clowney.

    File this one away MDS, Texans will trade back and pick up Manziel.

  11. yourcommentisntfunny says: May 1, 2014 12:21 PM

    Texans take Clowney. Falcons take Manziel and trade Matt Ryan to Texans for Clowney.

  12. buddysguys says: May 1, 2014 12:27 PM

    can we stop with the Clowney work ethic thing its just not that big of a deal.

  13. jc1958cool says: May 1, 2014 12:27 PM

    sounds like he wants an offer,jerry jones is dumb enough to do it! clowney is not the guy

  14. kwjsb says: May 1, 2014 12:28 PM

    None of the QB’s a worthy of a top 10 pick, he is looking at Clowney, Mack or Watkins ……..

    Costner’s note said “Mack No Matter What”

  15. matthoover4 says: May 1, 2014 12:31 PM

    If anyone thinks that Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, or TJ Yates will be Bill O’Brien’s starting quarterback this year, you should probably be locked up in a mental facility.

    This team is drafting a quarterback. They’re just bluffing in hopes that someone will trade up and give them a bounty for Clowney.

    O’Brien had Brady, then Hackenberg, and he’ll now either have Manziel or Bortles…it just depends on how far down they trade.

  16. NoobTubeTV says: May 1, 2014 12:34 PM

    If he is willing to trade down at all it tells me that Clowney isn’t their pick. They have their eyes on a QB (they need one almost more than any other team). In that regard, if it is Manziel it will throw the whole draft into disarray.

  17. kane337 says: May 1, 2014 12:36 PM

    Pick Johnny Clowney

  18. thekingdave says: May 1, 2014 12:41 PM

    In Rick Smith we do not trust. Perpetual snake in the grass.

  19. shakethenbake says: May 1, 2014 12:41 PM

    I think they want johnny but hes not worthy of number one, kinda forced to take clowney or make a deal…

  20. skleech22 says: May 1, 2014 12:46 PM

    The Patriots cheat!

  21. htown1035 says: May 1, 2014 12:53 PM

    Can we please stop talking about trading down – no team wants to give up that much for the #1 pick, even if they want Clowney. Atlanta is the only team, and even they would have to give up the farm to get him. Trading down isn’t happening.

  22. srose3rd says: May 1, 2014 12:59 PM

    Take Clowney, then if Manziel is there at #6 and Atlanta wants to trade, trade him to Atlanta for Manziel and a bunch of picks. If he’s not there then just keep Clowney. I’d hate for them to trade out of the top spot and not come away with one of those 2 guys…..

  23. realdealsteel says: May 1, 2014 1:01 PM

    Read between the lines people..

    If he says he knows who he wants, and wants to trade down, that means it isn’t Clowney. Meaning that it’s Manziel.

  24. abqpacker says: May 1, 2014 1:05 PM

    I’m sure this is a minority view – but I don’t see the Texans taking either Manziel or Clowney. They are not an organization that takes changes on guys with character questions.

  25. joeblowsintoronto says: May 1, 2014 1:23 PM

    They take Mack from Buffalo, The All American City. I love the CFL and Maple Leafs.

  26. bamboozle99 says: May 1, 2014 1:40 PM

    He is just trying to get value for his pick to be traded. He will settle for much less what the ‘skins gave up.

  27. justautumnwindbaby says: May 1, 2014 1:49 PM

    Smh at my RAAAYYYDAZZZ and the texans….
    We should have traded pryor for shaub. It would have bee a win-win situation.
    1. It would have saved us a valuable pick in a deep draft.
    2. It would have given houston more leverage in trading out of the 1st pick and still getting manziel.
    how? By getting pryor, they would have appeared to be set at q.b., making it look like they would draft clowney.
    Even if they couldn’t trade the pick, they could try for a draft clowney, and trade with a team that drafted manziel,and gained some more picks.
    even if they couldn’t trade clowney, they would still have h8m AND pryor. ..
    easy peasy…

  28. kevpft says: May 1, 2014 1:52 PM

    There is no way they take anyone but Manziel.

  29. floriosbigtoe says: May 1, 2014 2:01 PM

    My opinion is the Texans take Manziel, the Rams then trade with the Browns who take Bortles, Jags trade down with Falcons, Falcons take Clowney, Rams still get Watkins, Raiders do something retarded, Jags take Bridgewater.

  30. jjackwagon says: May 1, 2014 2:15 PM

    “Rick Smith knows who he wants, sees value in trading down”.
    Now all he had to do is find another GM that doesn’t know who he wants but sees value in trading up.

  31. realdealsteel says: May 1, 2014 2:37 PM

    For sure it isn’t Clowney. Because you can’t trade down, and get Clowney.

  32. thatstinks says: May 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    I don’t get the Clowney hate . Yeah he is real lazy . Licking the cheetos dust off his fingers while running a 4.5 shows us he hates work and exercise ; )

    JC will fine in the NFL . I bet he will be great .

  33. damcmp says: May 1, 2014 3:49 PM

    Rick Smith likes to talk a lot, say nothing and use words he doesn’t know the meaning of.. For the first 4 years as GM he never went anywhere without his cued up thesaurus on his laptop…… he never made a lick of sense

  34. swaggyy says: May 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    It’s Michael Sam #1 overall

  35. drs76109 says: May 1, 2014 4:06 PM

    With the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft, The Houston Texas select….Rick Smith. (after all, he’s the most important – and self preservation is important)

  36. drs76109 says: May 1, 2014 4:07 PM

    Further, I’d be more interested in knowing who Bill O’Brien wants, seeing as Smith is associated with a failed regime.

  37. theytukrjobs says: May 1, 2014 4:41 PM

    Clowney is the best player in the draft. He holds more value for a team running a 4-3 than the Texans running the 3-4.

    In theory the Texan’s best move is to trade down. Falcons or Vikings may be interested in a once a generation DE prospect. You could maybe pull in a 1st rounder this year, a next year first rounder, and a 2nd/3rd rounder this year and STILL get the guy you really want.

    Truly don’t think Clowney would be as good at OLB as he would DE. But the thought of him and Watt on the same side is pretty scary. Tough to throw over that, or block it, or run at it. Basically your playbook would become throw/run right.

    Then you bring corners off that edge since the QB isn’t looking that way to pass anyways.

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