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 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.