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Texans back on the clock and reportedly open to dealing No. 33

Bill O'Brien AP

Part of the intrigue of the first round of the draft was the Texans’ apparent willingness to trade out of the first overall pick during the weeks leading up to May 8.

Nothing wound up happening and the Texans took Jadeveon Clowney to kick off the proceedings, but it seems they enjoyed the process of fielding offers from teams interested in climbing a little higher in the order. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Texans are listening to trade offers for pick No. 33 at the top of the second round and that they are open to moving it.

That’s not particularly surprising, even with the Texans believed to still be looking for a quarterback when the second round is underway. Teams have a long time to look at the players left on the board and decide whether they want to make a move to secure the top guy left on their list. Quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Marqise Lee and defensive tackle Louis Nix are three players who likely got first-round grades with various teams and could be targets in a trade with Houston.

Nix and Carr could both work for Houston, although the Texans have already gone the Carr route at quarterback without success in the past, but an extra pick or two would allow them to address more needs if they think the players they’re eyeing will still be available a bit later in the round.

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  1. preludeoflight says: May 9, 2014 11:06 AM

    I wonder if they’re open to this because they got sniped on Bridgewater by the Vikings last night.

    Hopefully their prices won’t be as absurd as what they wanted for first overall.

  2. bartpkelly says: May 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    The Texans only need a qB, they are playoff set otherwise.

  3. staffordcalvinbush says: May 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    Carolina should jump all over this for WR Marqise Lee.

  4. adamd1981 says: May 9, 2014 11:10 AM

    If they stay at 33 they should look at Louis Nix. Another option would be Stephen Tuitt if they trade back. They need to add depth and size to their D-line still. They could also use a MLB since Cushing has played a full season the past two years.

  5. coltzfan166 says: May 9, 2014 11:12 AM

    Sorry but I just can’t see another Carr coming to Houston. Don’t think that would sit well with the fans.

  6. thepftpoet says: May 9, 2014 11:12 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings Dynasty is playing out exactly how I predicted.

    How many times did I tell you guys we were taking Bridgewater?

    How many times did I tell you guys the Vikings would steal a first round defensive player?

    We are destined for greatness. A Lombardi trophy awaits.

    Let the purple and gold confetti fall.

  7. anonymous135 says: May 9, 2014 11:13 AM

    Nix, Clowney, Watt, Cushing… damn

  8. wayneflores says: May 9, 2014 11:15 AM

    Still need qB at some point.

  9. htown1035 says: May 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    They won’t go Nix as OB has already said they will be in Nickel for 70% of the time, and you don’t use an NT in that formation. They could definitely go with Tuitt or Van Noy at that spot, hopefully not Carr.

  10. l0glcalv0icesays says: May 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    If the Texans are smart, they trade the 33rd pick to my Redskins, who are GOD’S CHOSEN TEAM, for Cousins. He’d lead them back to the playoffs for sure. Doubt any team is smart enough to realize how good Cousins is, except for my Redskins of course. #HTTR #RedskinsAreSmarterThanYourTeam

  11. ravenswhat says: May 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    I will be shocked if the Texans draft Carr. Too much stigma there. I would think they are still trying to get Mallet and will then use that pick on marquise Lee.

  12. ngbradley says: May 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    They want three first round picks for the #33

  13. socalmaverick says: May 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    What happened to all the Ryan Mallett speculation?

  14. mediasloppy says: May 9, 2014 11:21 AM

    Bridgewater is gone. They’ll never draft another Carr in case it fails on them. Might as well trade down.

  15. 6ball says: May 9, 2014 11:22 AM

    .

    Mallet goes to the Texans. Nix goes to the Patriots. Suddenly the New England defense has improved markedly.

    .

  16. sportsnut101 says: May 9, 2014 11:24 AM

    These nfl network smart guys like sapp think Bridgewater n ap will have great future isnt ap already 29. He not gonna be there for 5 yrs
    Vikings should of seen what trade market for ap is

  17. In Teddy We Trust says: May 9, 2014 11:28 AM

    If they like Carr, they should draft Carr. Who cares that they had his brother once and he wasn’t great? Has anyone seen Jordan Rodgers play? He’s terrible! What about Tom Brady’s brother? He’s an architect with six kids! It doesn’t matter how good your brother was at football!

  18. tyelee says: May 9, 2014 11:29 AM

    The Bucs should be on this to get Carr before the Raiders snatch him up!

  19. ravens2xworldchamps says: May 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    Vikings are garbage. Not worthy of wearing the color purple.

    CJ Mosely the next great MLB

  20. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 9, 2014 11:32 AM

    Whoever the Hawks take at 40 will have an infinitely better career than Bridgewater. Whoever the Hawks take in the fourth round pick that Minnesota gave up will have an infinitely better career than Bridgewater.

    Why do the Vikings bother trading with the Seahawks? They continue to get pummeled.

  21. alonestartexan says: May 9, 2014 11:40 AM

    I’d prefer to see the Texans swap 2nd’s with the Bucs and add a 4th for Glennon.

  22. styx630 says: May 9, 2014 11:44 AM

    Jets should trade up for Lee. They have the picks to spare.

  23. bennyb82 says: May 9, 2014 11:57 AM

    If Carolina made a move for Marqise Lee, it would make the GM look much better…oh and improves Carolina too!

  24. peoplesfrontofjudea says: May 9, 2014 11:59 AM

    The Mallett thing was a smokescreen. If teams thought that Houston wasn’t going to draft a QB at 33, then no need to jump them to get a QB, leaving more choices for Houston. I guess that didn’t work as planned.

  25. coachtcs says: May 9, 2014 11:59 AM

    I think the Texans should look into trading their second round pick to New England for Ryan Mallett. O’Brien is familiar with Mallett and he is in his last year with the Pats. It would benefit both teams.

  26. hozay05 says: May 9, 2014 12:01 PM

    I’d take lee at 33 trade back into 2nd get grappolo

  27. mvp43 says: May 9, 2014 12:01 PM

    Bridgewater, like Manziel will be a bust.

  28. rajbais says: May 9, 2014 12:03 PM

    How about trading it to tampa for mike Glennon?

    They want a #2 and you have it at #33.

  29. Andre's Johnson says: May 9, 2014 12:04 PM

    The Texans better have a plan. There’s no way the Seahawks didn’t call them to see if they could beat the Vikings’ offer for pick 32. So it’s clear to me that the Texans passed on Bridgewater intentionally. I hope they’ve got something other than Ryan Mallett up their collective sleeve.

  30. jerry2968 says: May 9, 2014 12:07 PM

    The fanbase will go nuts if they draft Carr.

  31. tedmurph says: May 9, 2014 12:09 PM

    I think the Texans are hoping TBay goes QB, which would start the dominoes going, allowing TBay to trade Glennon to the Pats(for a 4th?), and allowing the Texans to trade their 3rd to the Pats for Mallett. They may think Mallett is better than any of the QBs left on the board. Moving the 33rd pk for additional pks would partially replace trading the 65th. Just a theory.

  32. soultoucher713 says: May 9, 2014 12:10 PM

    all of you must have forgotten that when David Carr was the qb the TEXANS o line had more holes than Swiss cheese they couldn’t block a high school team…they gave up almost 70 sacks a year and u bash the qb…people wake up

  33. coachtcs says: May 9, 2014 12:14 PM

    Is Mallett “that” bad of an option? He has learn under Brady, has more NFL experience than any rookie, and is eager to prove himself, plus he is familiar with what O’Brien wants and expects. New England knows Brady’s time is drawing to a close and Mallett is going to become too expensive of a backup and they would probably rather not let him go for nothing. Brady has time to tutor another.

  34. willkill4caffeine says: May 9, 2014 12:17 PM

    Eagles want Lee, but not enough to trade up to get him (especially if they passed with him on the board in the first). Whoever drafts Carr is getting a future great player, I think his career will be the antithesis of his brothers. Houston not taking him just because of his last name would come back to bite them, guaranteed.

  35. steelerfanforlife says: May 9, 2014 12:18 PM

    You seem like the type who wouldn’t enjoy the NFL draft

  36. bigdaddy44 says: May 9, 2014 12:28 PM

    Mallett will be the Texans choice for QB. If he were in this draft, he would have been rated the #1 QB by far. He dropped from the top 10 to the 3rd round solely on character issues. Those issues were overblown and now considered nonexistent. He has spent two years working with Brady, McDaniel and Belichick, no better place for a young QB to train in the NFL. The Pats can’t hold on to him any longer, as his contract will be up after this year and Brady is going nowhere soon. The sticking point is the contract, which would have to be extended. With the Pats running out of time and the contract issue, the price of Mallett alone will come down, not even close to #33. A third this year or a second next year would be the very top end here, and either of those may be to much.

  37. cellphone2k says: May 9, 2014 12:29 PM

    Houston Texans,
    Draft a few competent cornerbacks. We were constantly getting torched on long passes.

  38. watermelon1 says: May 9, 2014 12:30 PM

    Go ahead browns… Make the move! Lol

  39. west4567 says: May 9, 2014 12:35 PM

    I’d be okay using a 2nd round pick for Carr. I was a bit worried that the Texans would trade down to late in round 1, and Carr would be the best available for their 1st round pick.

  40. htowntexan says: May 9, 2014 12:37 PM

    Mallet’s rookie contract is about to run out, so I don’t see that as a real option. Then again, it’s Ric Smith so something that stupid would not be unprecedented.

  41. unlimitedcriticism says: May 9, 2014 12:40 PM

    Trade Mallett and a 4th rounder for the #33 pick. Honest question–who blinks first on that deal?

  42. phillyphannnn83 says: May 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    You people constantly amaze me. The Eagles absolutely do NOT want Lee. If they did, they would have taken him at 26. If they were to take a WR, it’d be Kelvin Benjamin. Chip has said all along he wants big players not small ones. His philosophy is big people beat up little people. They don’t want Lee! Give it up already.

  43. granadafan says: May 9, 2014 12:46 PM

    Still with the smokescreens?

  44. kev86 says: May 9, 2014 12:47 PM

    I’d draft carr myself but I tyhink Van Noy would be great addition. A lot of nice options in round 2 for all teams. Should be great!

  45. djbrowns96 says: May 9, 2014 12:54 PM

    Houston wants (3) 2nds and 3rd.

  46. Brown Anchor says: May 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    Why! Just take Carr like everyone knows you will.

  47. chris3141084 says: May 9, 2014 1:15 PM

    No one is giving a second round pick for Mallet, not for a one year rental, fourth round pick tops.

  48. jmc8888 says: May 9, 2014 1:16 PM

    Maybe they will and maybe they won’t. But we saw a massive trade in the 1st round. One that should have been enough compensation to get the #1 overall pick.

    So Houston wanted to trade the pick but they were very unrealistic in what they wanted. You don’t want your GM to be like that, and therefore I will guess he wants too much for their pick this time as well.

    Perhaps he’ll lower his demands, because at this point he should be praying for a 3rd round pick if he wants to trade, and most likely a 4th and 6th or just a 4th.

    We’ll see though. But Buffalo gave up alot.

    Though at this point, seeing how they need a QB, and Bortles, Manziel, and Bridgewater are gone, their QB options are becoming limited and if they need one, wherever they pick next they should be looking for one, and at 33, they should strongly think about it.

  49. hazelmn says: May 9, 2014 1:26 PM

    Everyone is forgetting about the system. Norv Turner knows what he wants in MN, and he liked Bridgewater over Manziel and Carr in that system.

    I bet there are average QBs in the league — guys like Bradford or Dalton — who might be much better in a different system. Likewise, a guy like Russell Wilson might not be nearly as effective if different things were asked of him on a different team.

  50. rayvid says: May 9, 2014 1:35 PM

    The Texans are a disaster in the office and that is translating to being a disaster on the field.

  51. mickmars says: May 9, 2014 1:44 PM

    >You people constantly amaze me. The Eagles absolutely do NOT want Lee. If they did, they would have taken him at 26. If they were to take a WR, it’d be Kelvin Benjamin. Chip has said all along he wants big players not small ones. His philosophy is big people beat up little people. They don’t want Lee! Give it up already.<

    Speaking of being amazed. That'd be a much more believable scenario in Carolina didn't already pick Benjamin in the 1st round.

  52. halfcentaur says: May 9, 2014 2:13 PM

    Saw someone say the Panthers should trade up for Marquise Lee……….NO THANKYOU! Panthers don’t have the ammunition to be giving away picks, and in my opinion Lee is NOT WORTH trading up for. I’d much rather see them stay where they are (or move up a few spots depending how the board falls) and take Davante Adams or Allen Robinson. Giving up a significant pick to move all the way up to 33 for a WR who i have serious questions about is NOT a good idea.

    If the Panthers can get Allen Robinson or Davante Adams, i will take that 1000 times before trading up that far for Lee.

  53. teal379 says: May 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    Everyone is forgetting about the system. Norv Turner knows what he wants in MN, and he liked Bridgewater over Manziel and Carr in that system.

    Except it’s well known that the Vikings tried to trade up for Manziel and were outbid by Cleveland.

    Norv may be ok with TB but he didn’t WANT TB over Manziel. Manziel was they guy he wanted.

  54. ketch20too says: May 9, 2014 2:18 PM

    Maybe Texans didn’t actually want to trade first pick and so set the bar ridiculously high on the outside chance someone was stupid enough to go for it. Draft Carr or the Pitt QB.

  55. baxxxx34 says: May 9, 2014 2:37 PM

    Somebody talk some sense into the hallucinating vikings fan. Seriously there going to be picking top 10 next year. Bridgewater is overrated why you think he fell to 32.

  56. grizzlypete says: May 9, 2014 3:27 PM

    If the Texans took Van Noy with the 33rd pick, I would feel sorry for the QBs that they face. Clowney, Van Noy, Watt, and Cushing on the same team! Van Noy makes big plays when big plays are needed. This kid has all pro written all over him.

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