Texans know No. 1 pick, but open to trade

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