2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Houston Texans may trade first overall pick


Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

With a few days until the 2014 NFL Draft in New York City, more and more information is being put out into the open about potential draft day possibilities for teams as their time on the clock grows nearer and nearer this week. In a draft loaded with talent, most of the rumors that have came out as of late have involved trade down possibilities for teams that are inside of the Top 5 and may be interested in a deal should a team fork up a significant offer.

One of those supposed teams interested in a potential trade down may actually be the team with all of the power on Thursday night as the #1 overall selecting Houston Texans are supposedly interested in moving down from the first pick despite having a chance at taking either defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the first pick in the draft.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, teams believe the Texans are setting themselves up to trade the pick and mentions the Atlanta Falcons as a potential candidate with the Dirty Birds holding the sixth pick in the draft.

"Teams expect Texans to trade down, maybe to Falcons at 6. Rookie pay scale makes taking Clowney, then trading tough."

Trading down for Houston may make sense as they still have superstars at wideout and with their outside pass rush with the likes of Andre Johnson and JJ Watt still in the fold. What the Texans need sorely is far more young depth than they currently have, something that is often the case for a team that opts to accept a package of picks/players for a trade down. It would take a lot to get the first overall pick, but teams may be lining up to speak with the Texans in order to get their hands on one the top pick in the draft something that should be a huge talking point leading up to Thursday.