NFL Draft: Houston Texans Would Be Foolish to Trade Out of No. 1 Overall Pick

By Michael Terrill
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans
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There are reports circulating that the Houston Texans continue to show interest in trading out of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which begins tonight. However, it looks unlikely to happen considering what the ridiculous asking price is. Either way, the Texans would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to select a defensive stud, an outstanding offensive tackle or a legitimate quarterback at the top spot.

According to Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer, “the Texans are asking for three first rounders and a second rounder in exchange for the top pick…”

If Houston truly believes they will get what the St. Louis Rams got two years ago for the No. 2 overall selection, which was used on quarterback Robert Griffin III, they are crazy. There is way too much talent available in the first 10 picks this year for any team to even consider giving up multiple first round draft picks.

Sure, Jadeveon Clowney has the potential to be a devastating threat on defense. He’s the type of player who can change the outcome of a team in one year. But is he really worth giving up a future for, especially if there is a legitimate possibility that he does not pan out? Absolutely not.

Apparently, the Texans did state that they would be willing to lower the asking price depending on where the team that is willing to trade is selecting in this year’s first round. Even so, two first round draft picks is still steep.

At this point, Houston is better off keeping their focus on whom the best overall player in the 2014 draft truly is. In my opinion, passing up on Clowney would be detrimental to the franchise. One of those missed chances that get people fired over.

The good news for the Texans is that they have history on their side. In 2006, they made the unpopular choice of drafting defensive end Mario Williams No. 1 overall instead of running back Reggie Bush. It worked out very well for the franchise then, which is why they should take another defensive asset over an offensive player this time around as well.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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