NFL Draft 2011: Should the Houston Texans Trade Up for Von Miller?

Alex MonacoContributor IIMarch 23, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Von Miller of Texas A&M works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The way the first round of the NFL draft is looking right now, it's going to be hard for NFL teams with a lower draft pick to get what they want unless teams make a trade to move up.  

Teams like the Houston Texans, who have the 11th pick in the first round, are in a tough spot.  If the Texans want the best this year's draft class has to offer, it would be wise of them to trade up.  

Specifically for Houston, they're targeting defensive ends and linebackers in the early rounds.  

An ideal candidate for someone that the Texans would love to add to their roster would be Texas-born and Texas-bred Von Miller, out of Texas A&M.  

Miller is 6"3", 243 pounds, and is looked at as a "hybrid" type player on defense, playing both defensive end with one hand on the ground and standing up.

Miller's got a free-spirited mentality when it comes to the game of football, and it's proven.  In his senior season alone with the Aggies, Miller posted 68 total tackles to go along with 11 sacks and an interception. 

Von's consistently improved not only his statistics, but also his work ethic, to prove to NFL teams that he's ready to be a force to be reckoned with at the next level.  

The Texans struggled defensively last season.  They gave up an average of 26.7 points per game (29th in the NFL), 376.9 yards per game (30th) and 267.5 passing yards a game (last in the NFL).

There's no secret to what Houston needs in order to get over the regular season.  Von Miller is everything the Texans need on defense.  

Houston should absolutely trade up with a team like the Cardinals, who have the fifth overall pick in the draft.  If the Texans want to get better, they'll do what's necessary to land the former first-team All-American.