Texans know No. 1 pick, but open to trade

Texans know No. 1 pick, but open to trade
May 1, 2014, 4:30 pm
Share This Post

The Texans know who will be the first-overall pick in the 2014 draft … if they pick at No. 1.

But they might not end up making that pick.

At his pre-draft press conference, one week away from the start of the NFL Draft, Texans GM Rick Smith said the team has its draft board set and knows which player they’ll take if they keep the first pick. But he also said the team is still willing to trade that first pick if they get a good enough offer.

“We have valued and ranked our board,” Smith said. “If we take the first pick, we know who we want. What I’m saying is I don’t know... We are obviously open to moving out of the first pick if in fact there’s an opportunity for us to do so if we think that’s in the best interest of the organization.”

That’s nothing new. The Texans have said they’d be willing to trade away the first pick in the 2014 draft since early in the offseason; that position hasn’t changed.

Smith said in the next week leading up to the draft, he and his team will start to look through scenarios and try to figure out what will happen during the draft. That process will help them determine where they might want to move and figure out where the players they’re interested in will go.

Smith was asked if there’s a point in the first round where he wouldn’t be willing to trade back to.

“I have not determined much of anything yet,” he said. “There’s a bunch of options obviously. What I can tell you is that we’re going to do everything to get this team as good as we can get it and increase the talent on this football team as best we can.”

Smith dodged a question about the level of interest around the league in that first pick but did say this is the time of year he calls around to other teams to let them know that he’s willing to trade picks. He elected to keep those conversations private but said they are ongoing. Smith also wouldn’t say if he’s fielded offers for that first pick or which teams have inquired.

“What I try to do, is we try to have a have a bit of a bunker mentality, where we’re working through the process to eliminate any type of outside influence,” Smith said. “It’s at this point where I’m kind of coming out of the hole and trying to look and see what other people are saying and starting to make some of those phone calls. I’m starting to call around, just like I do every year. To just show my colleagues across the league that we’re interested in anything that’s going to help our football team.”

Texans - Team News
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (meniscus) has resumed jogging, and hopes to return in a "few... Sidelined since September 7, Clowney was given a 4-6 week timetable upon going down. That makes a "few weeks" attainable, but not ahead of schedule. The Clowney...
Sep 30 3:18PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Texans coach Bill O'Brien referred to Arian Foster (hamstring) on Monday as "day to... Foster himself acknowledged he wasn't 100 percent in Sunday's win over the Bills, managing six yards on eight carries. He'll likely continue to be limited in practice all...
Sep 29 4:20PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Following Sunday's win over the Bills, Arian Foster (hamstring) admitted he "just wasn't... Foster rushed eight times for six yards while playing on just 54.1 percent of the snaps, but did salvage his box score a bit with seven catches for 55 yards. The good news...
Sep 29 8:42AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson said the ankle injury that briefly sidelined him Sunday is "fine." "I was more scared than anything because I felt a pop, so I went in and got checked," Johnson said. We never like to hear about pops, but Johnson did come back...
Sep 28 5:37PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught three passes for 28 yards in Week 4 against the Bills. He was targeted five times. Graham is on pace for just 36 catches and 380 yards this season, but should be more involved going forward now that he's healthy. He was used in...
Sep 28 5:25PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue had nine carries for nine yards in Week 4 against the Bills. With Arian Foster playing through a hamstring injury, Blue was used in a committee and finished with more carries. He added two catches for 16 yards on three targets. Blue...
Sep 28 5:22PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins had five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 win over... Hopkins beat Corey Graham for a 35-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. He finished with just six targets despite Andre Johnson missing time with an ankle injury....
Sep 28 5:03PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster totaled 61 yards on 15 touches in Sunday's Week 4 win over Buffalo. Foster was held to six yards on eight carries, but was targeted 10 times by checkdown artist Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was clearly running at half-speed and looked sluggish...
Sep 28 4:07PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 25-of-37 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions... Fitzpatrick's only notable play was a 35-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins at the end of the first half. He managed the Texans to a win without any help from Arian Foster or...
Sep 28 3:55PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson left Sunday's Week 4 game against the Bills with an ankle injury. Johnson came up lame on a pass in the fourth quarter and was taken to the locker room. He was able to jog off under his own power and later returned to the game. Johnson...
Sep 28 3:01PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Arian Foster (hamstring) is moving with a slight limp... Per Breer, the Texans will "monitor his hamstring early in the game, determine his workload from there." It's similar to what was reported by beat writer Tania...
Sep 28 11:40AM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (hamstring) is active for Week 4 against the Bills. Foster will be available for a full workload after sitting out last week. He's Rotoworld's No. 12 running back against the Bills' top-five run defense. Inactive for the...
Sep 28 10:33AM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
According to the Houston Chronicle, Arian Foster will "definitely" play in Sunday's... The chronic hamstring issue Foster has been battling for two months is good to go. "Foster would't be active if he wasn't 100 percent. That means he'll get a full...
Sep 28 10:03AM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against... That's two positive reports on Foster within the past 12 hours. He's still likely to be a game-time decision, but all signs are pointing toward Foster starting after...
Sep 28 7:45AM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
The Houston Chronicle expects Arian Foster (questionable, hamstring) to play in Week 4 against... Foster is still a game-time decision and will need to go through pre-game warmups before he's cleared. He was reportedly close to playing last week and ended up being held...
Sep 27 6:19PM Read More