Texans open to trading No. 1 overall draft pick

Texans owner Bob McNair said his team could trade out of the No. 1 spot in May's draft. (USATSI)
Texans proprietor Bob McNair said his team could commerce out of the No. 1 spot in Could’s draft. (USATSI)

The Houston Texans presently maintain the No. 1 overall decide within the 2014 NFL Draft, however that doesn’t mean they’re going to maintain it. Texans proprietor Bob McNair mentioned on Friday that the workforce is open to possibly trading the pick.

“Possibly we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that may do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” McNair said, via ESPN.com. “It’s an exciting time. Every little thing’s a transferring target. Lot of various pieces.”

The 2014 draft will mark the third time in franchise-historical past that the Texans have held the No. 1 total decide. In 2002, the enlargement Texans used the primary total selection to take Fresno State quarterback David Carr.

Carr did not do a lot with the Texans, however he did lead the workforce to a 2-14 end in 2005 that gave Houston the No. 1 general pick within the 2006 NFL Draft. With that pick, the Texans chosen North Carolina State defensive finish Mario Williams.

“The defensive participant worked out higher than the offensive participant,” McNair mentioned. “That will not lock us into anything.”

Normal manager Rick Smith echoed that sentiment, saying there’s no assure the Texans will draft a quarterback with the No. 1 total pick, “I do not assume you take a particular position just since you want a selected position at any level within the draft, especially the first choose,” Smith said. “So we’ll rank it, we’ll worth it, and we’ll make good choices if the opportunity presents itself to maneuver again as a result of it’s a very worthwhile pick, and we’ll entertain these as well.”

If the Texans do decide to take quarterback, Smith and new coach Invoice O’Brien can have a number of quarterbacks to select from, including: Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles.

Whatever the Texans decide to do, they’ll have a couple of additional weeks to suppose things over this 12 months as a result of the NFL Draft has been pushed again to Could. The first spherical of the draft will he held on Could 8 in New York Metropolis.

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NFL mulls reseeding playoffs by overall record


Reseeding could soon be coming to the NFL playoffs. (USATSI)
Reseeding could quickly be coming to the NFL playoffs. (USATSI)


The San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints most likely will not find this news to useful, however the NFL has discussed the opportunity of reseeding the playoffs based mostly on general report. A change that would possibly occur as soon as subsequent yr.

No decisions have been made, however the league has "looked at a number of ways" to vary the playoff system, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Thursday, through the Related Press.

"Each situation has been discussed, starting from reseeding to 1 extra sport, increasing from 12 to 14 groups," McCarthy said. "Consider a situation, it's been mentioned and stays in play."

If the league had reseeded teams this season primarily based on document, the 49ers and Saints would most likely be internet hosting video games this weekend. As an alternative, 12-four San Francisco is headed to 8-7-1 Green Bay and 11-5 New Orleans is headed to 10-6 Philadelphia.

In line with McCarthy, part of the explanation that the NFL hasn't already moved ahead with reseeding the playoffs is because some teams have "raised the concern that reseeding would minimize the worth of successful a division; winning a division now means a assured home playoff recreation."

In yearly since 2007, there's been a minimum of one wild-card group that's needed to go on the highway to face a division winner with a worse record. Although reseeding has been discussed, there's been no formal vote on the matter, in response to McCarthy.

It's attainable the NFL may decide to develop and reseed the playoffs in the same season. The topic of playoff growth got here up in September with experiences that the league would possible begin together with 14 groups within the postseason as soon as 2014. If 14 groups would've made the postseason this yr, both Arizona and Pittsburgh would have made the playoffs.

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