Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) runs off the field after the second quarter of the Capital One Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers held at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
With Jadeveon Clowney’s pro day yesterday, question once again begin to come out of the woodwork and ask the question; Are the Huston Texans willing to trade the top overall pick came up? If so, then how much will it cost for them to trade it away? If the Texans were able to trade away the first pick what affect would it have on the franchise, and what team would be willing to pay the cost to receive the first overall pick?
For the Buffalo Bills, it would look to be a long shot that they would trade for the first pick. Are the Texans looking to move back 8 spots? Probably not, but for argument purposes that question will be tabled.
Buffalo, with the first pick only goes in one direction; Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney brings to the table another Mario Williams type player. I believe that the Bills are set in the area of LB so drafting Mack would be a waste of a pick for the Bills. I can’t see them drafting a QB or moving up to get one. The only reason for them to move up would be him at first overall.
The Texans are in need of a QB first and foremost. Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Blake Bortles are on their radar. They also have been looking at OT. Their defense is already talent-laden but that would not stop them from adding to it.
What could the Bills offer the Texans hat would not be too outrageous that would break the bank and keep both teams happy? Obviously, our first round pick in the 9th spot would have to go. Buffalo drafted two rookie QBs last year. Jeff Tuel has the potential to be a starting QB but does need some grooming. OT-wise for the Bills, Eric Pears would be a possibility to be thrown in. Adding a second or third round pick to the mix might be added value that completes the trade. If neither of those players excite you then maybe Buffalo looks to throw in Jerry Hughes to replace what could have been the DE that can play LB the Texans are looking for.
I know what you’re thinking, who would want Tuel or Pears? It would provide added depth and Pears can start. With this trade the Texans begin to revamp their offense and add depth at the same time. Also, even at the 9th pick, Matthews or Lewan may be available along with Bortles, Manziel or Bridgewater. You know at least 1 QB and 1 of the mentioned tackles will be available at number 9. Plus, Tuel is still young enough to be shaped into the QB that the Texans need.
Texans still get a top 10 plus a second rounder so the 41st pick. They add in Pears and Tuel for depth and maybe Hughes is added, but if so I would keep the second round pick and go those three players and the first.
I believe that the Bills make out better with Clowney than with Hughes, if Hughes is needed in the trade. Clowney will bring a lot more to the table at this point and can be shaped into a DE that drops into pass coverage a couple of times a game, but his biggest job will be to take out the QBs. The LB aspect has already been taken care of with a corps of Alonso, Spikes, Rivers, Lawson, and Bradham.
Buffalo keeping the second pick will allow them to look at an OT, WR, or a TE in e second round. No major worse for wear and the Bills front four get bolster to the point of being the best in the league and also provides Schwartz with what he wants to work with, star players at every position.