Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Teams Expect Texans To Trade Down, Falcons A Suitor

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Ed Werder (ESPN) says that teams do expect the Texans to trade down from the #1 overall pick.

The Atlanta Falcons hold the #6 overall pick and have been reportedly interested in trading for Jadeveon Clowney. Some think the Texans would like to draft Clowney and then trade him during the draft when they’re ready to draft their player, but Werder points out that it’d be tough to do so.

If the Texans are indeed interested in trading down, you would think they would be looking for a quarterback. Some believe there is already a top tier in this draft consisting of four players; Clowney, Mack, Robinson, and Watkins. If that’s the case, the Texans can likely take their quarterback at #5 or later, and many believe their most likely suitor will be the Atlanta Falcons.

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 3.12.13 PMIt’s still a huge debate which quarterback the Texans prefer, but they should be able to get their choice with the Falcons at #6. According to the folks at DraftTek (picture at the right), the Texans first overall pick is valued at 3,000. The Falcons would likely have to part with at least their #6 and #37, totalling 2,130. The Texans would likely want another pick in this year’s draft (3rd or 4th round) and at least another future first rounder. Obviously the NFL doesn’t go by this value chart, but it’s still a good way to gauge the value of the first overall pick.

The Falcons haven’t been shy about trading up in the draft. In 2011, they traded their #27, #59, #124 and a future 1st and 4th in the 2012 draft, to select Julio Jones with the 6th overall pick. They’ve proven that they’d trade up for a player they need, and Clowney would certainly improve the Falcons.

Are you sold on Clowney or would you prefer to see the Texans trade down if possible?

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