The St. Louis Rams showed two years ago just how much a pick at the top of the draft can command in trade. The Rams swapped first-round picks with the Washington Redskins and picked up a second-round pick and two future first-round selections in exchange for the No. 2 overall selection. Washington used that pick to select Robert Griffin III.
The Houston Texans are reportedly seeking a similar haul in exchange for the top selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans want to swap first-round picks, add a first- and second-round pick in this year’s draft and another first-round pick in 2015.
Under those parameters it would seem to significantly limit the number of potential trade partners available to the Texans. Only the St. Louis Rams (2 and 13) and the Cleveland Browns (4 and 26) have multiple first-round selections in this draft to potentially offer. It would also seem pretty unlikely the Rams would swap picks and trade an additional three picks to move up one spot in the draft.
It’s also an extra first-round pick compared to what the Rams managed to receive just two years ago.
While the new CBA has made draft picks that much more valuable by lowering the cost of rookie contracts, it’s still going to be difficult for any team to justify parting with that many picks. In a draft class that has been called one of the deepest in years and no consensus top quarterback available, it seems highly unlikely the Texans would come close to getting that haul in return for the No. 1 pick this year.