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

Bill O'Brien

Bill O’Brien


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.