Rd. 2: 48th: Kolton Miller, OT UCLA
I calculated the value of this trade using the walterfootball.com draft value chart. This system assigns each pick in each round a value. This then allowed me to see where the Houston Texans need to get and what picks they’ll have to package to get there.
The trade partner I found most appealing within the Texans range was the Chargers. The Chargers were originally slated to pick 48th in the second round. I had the Texans give up their first pick in the third round, 68th overall, and their last pick in the third round, 98th overall. In addition, the Texans gave up the 177th overall in the sixth round and gained the 251st overall pick in the 7th round.
After this trade goes down, the Houston Texans pick count drops from eight to seven. They’ll be picking in round two at 48th overall, round three at 80th overall, and round four at 103rd overall. Additionally, they’ll have two picks in the sixth round and two in the seventh.
Some last minute skepticism pushes Miller down the draft board on Thursday night. After he falls out of round one, teams fall under the trend and let him pass. That is until the Houston Texans recognize his value and swoop in to grab him.
Miller stands at 6’8″ and weighed in at 310 lbs. This is about 15 more pounds than he played at last year. Miller has solid length as well. He also impressed at the combine with a 4.95 forty, a broad jump over 10 feet, and a 4.49 short shuttle.
Miller’s play was up and down throughout his career prior to 2017. However, in 2017 he flipped the script. He took massive steps forward in his development.
Miller has plus potential as a starter in the league. However, he’s not just potential. If he can come in hot this offseason he has a shot to take the job and run with it.