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Texans continue to keep everyone guessing

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Tonight, the Texans will have to do something with the first overall pick in the draft.  For now, no one outside the organization knows what that is.

The safe call would be to pick defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.  The gutsy move would be to pick linebacker Khalil Mack.

The middle ground would be to trade the pick and hope to get Mack, Johnny Manziel, or Blake Bortles later in the top 10.  The ultimate riverboat play would be to take Clowney with the idea of trading him, but a willingness to keep him if need be.

While Texans G.M. Rick Smith has said that he knows who he wants, the team has done nothing to shed light on who that may be.  Which gives them the ability to trade down and to sell that they got the guy later that they would have taken at No. 1.

Even if the guy they get later isn’t the guy they wanted.

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24 Responses to “Texans continue to keep everyone guessing”
  1. floratiotime says: May 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    Trades are difficult. It’s hard to find a team as stupid as the R-Words.

  2. anonymous135 says: May 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    Every player is his own man, but I remember the last great linebacker who was the safest pick with the highest upside and untapped potential…

    Aaron Curry, Seattle Seahawks – BUSTED

    Another safest pick with the highest upside and untapped potential was Franchise LT Robert Gallery – BUSTED

    Anyone can say anything at this point, wait till the season starts and then wait another year before we can see in hindsight

  3. fissels says: May 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    Good job Rick. It’s nice to see all these so called experts trying to figure what you’re doing!

  4. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    The draft really starts when there is 1 minute left on the clock, until then it is likely nothing will change from where things were at months ago. Unless Rick Smith is ready to start talking about a serious price to move that pick before we get to that last minute.

  5. ravens634 says: May 8, 2014 11:00 AM

    trade the pick, get some more chances at players.

  6. chaseutley says: May 8, 2014 11:01 AM

    The drop off from Clowney to Mack is outweighed by an extra first round pick (plus an additional second rounder if their reported asking price is right).

  7. champgiff says: May 8, 2014 11:03 AM

    Oh my….the hype that comes with the #1 pick, and the pressure to make it count.

    A few drinks to take the edge off probably wouldn’t hurt, Mr. Smith.

  8. wnbasuperfan says: May 8, 2014 11:03 AM

    The Texans have no idea what they’re going to do.

  9. nflsecurity862 says: May 8, 2014 11:04 AM

    After how bad the R-words got fleeced in 2012, no team is going to meet the Texans demands.

  10. jmc8888 says: May 8, 2014 11:04 AM

    Generally speaking we’d be hearing of negotiations with a potential pick.

    They want to trade the pick badly, no doubt about it.

    They want to

    1. Trade
    2. Trade
    3. Trade
    4. Pick someone

  11. jakescott13 says: May 8, 2014 11:05 AM

    I think we should have updates every 30 minutes as to what the Texans might be thinking. Yeah, that would be great…

  12. broncosbrowns says: May 8, 2014 11:05 AM

    I remember in the not-too-distant past when the team that had the first overall pick would tell everyone who they were drafting a week or two before the draft. The Colts did this a lot, especially when there was a concensus #1 pick. I guess the NFL put the kibosh on that.

  13. timmmah10 says: May 8, 2014 11:12 AM

    I think Houston is trying to trade up…

  14. djaehne says: May 8, 2014 11:14 AM

    Johndaveon Manclown

  15. brianstevens0915 says: May 8, 2014 11:16 AM

    You know who else knows is Mel Kiper because he knows everything. He has found the perfect weather man job outside of weather. Can consistently be wrong and still watched by millions….I want that job

  16. skoobyfl says: May 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    If they get reasonable & take a player plus picks then the Bills will be first on the clock.

  17. xinellum says: May 8, 2014 11:22 AM

    They pick first for a reason. Houston is the new dysfunctional NFL franchise.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: May 8, 2014 11:27 AM

    The word in Houston is that they picked who they would pick if they have to pick first a month ago. They are trying desperately to trade back though. It seems they want a king’s ransom though for the pick. No one is going to make the RG3 mistake again… especially not for Clowney.

  19. schmitty2 says: May 8, 2014 11:27 AM

    I just want this to all be over with. In just a short time we will get to see Goodell get booed every time he comes to the stage, Jets fans in their seats booing who the team drafts, Schefter and Mortensen freaking out because they can’t reveal the pick a minute before it gets announced, and Chris Berman using the same ol lame schtick he has been using for the last 20 years. Cheers!

  20. casualmalexlfan says: May 8, 2014 11:57 AM

    I think we should postpone tonight’s draft two more weeks so we can get one last mock draft, exciting hourly updates on the Texans are thinking, and also so the Rams can publicly announce more smokescreens.

  21. mikewhorio says: May 8, 2014 12:43 PM

    Funny, I thought Mack was the safe pick and Clowney the gutsy pick.

  22. bluenose1965 says: May 8, 2014 1:10 PM

    Based on Smith’s last couple of drafts, i’m not sure I want Houston to have more picks.

  23. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 8, 2014 1:21 PM

    You’ve got that backwards. The safe pick is Mack. Clowney is the gutsy pick, because it’s about 50/50 that he’ll be out of the league in 3 years.

  24. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 8, 2014 1:22 PM

    And Mack is the far, far better fit for the Texans’ defensive scheme.

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