Rick Smith: 'I absolutely know who I want'

Rick Smith: 'I absolutely know who I want'
April 30, 2014, 5:45 pm
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With just over a week until the NFL Draft, Texans general manager Rick Smith might know which players he wants.

But that doesn't mean he's going to tell the rest of us.

“I absolutely know who I want,” Smith said in an interview with "Texans Huddle" on Fox Sports Southwest, via the team's official website. “I know the guys we like. The fortunate thing about having the first pick is I’ve got the pick of the litter, so I will know exactly who I want at that point.”

The Texans' hold the No. 1 draft pick after finishing the 2013 season with a 2-14 record.

Smith will have a pre-draft press conference at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday.

“Now where the game is played is if there’s an opportunity to move and, in this case, obviously to move back if somebody else wants to come up to that first pick," Smith said. "Then you weigh what the opportunities are versus who the individual is that you want to take and what that value is relative to the value that somebody might be offering you. But as you move through the draft, obviously you don’t know who’s going to be picked when.”

It's appears the most coveted player in this year's draft is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The other possibilities for the No. 1 pick seem to be Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Khalil Mack.

Smith often talks about the most important part of the draft being value. He says it's about getting the player the team wants at an appropriate spot.

“I’ve said very often that if you are able to take a player at a corresponding value and it fits a position of need, then you’ve hit the home run," Smith said. "You’ve done a great job.”

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