NFL Draft Rumors: Houston Texans Looking to Stand Pat at No. 11
NFL Draft Rumors See Texans Wanting to Stay Put With 11th Overall Pick
The Houston Texans enter the 2011 NFL Draft with two primary needs: a pass-rushing outside linebacker and a shutdown corner. Both of those would go a long way towards improving Houston's swiss-cheese defense next season.
According to a Pro Football Talk report, the team is extremely interested in linebacker Von Miller, and corner Patrick Peterson, but at their pick in the draft (11th overall) both of those players will most likely be gone from the board.
Is there a chance this team will trade up?
Not according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
“I’ve been told in the past couple of days,” writes King, “that Houston G.M. Rick Smith is loathe to use so much draft currency to move up from 11 to five or seven to get Peterson.”
Frankly, I don't blame him. While Miller or Peterson would be fantastic for the Texans, they're not the only players who can help on the board. In fact, Nebraska corner Prince Amukamara would be an excellent fit for Houston, given his skills and upside. As a bonus, he'd most certainly be available at pick 11, whereas neither Peterson nor Miller will be, barring complete brain farts from 10 other teams.
On top of that, in order to trade up, the Texans would be forced to give up their picks at 11 overall, and their second round pick. That seems a hefty price to pay to move up five spots to get a player who while skilled, isn't so much better than Amukamara that you'd need to trade up.
In the end, Smith would be making the right call not trading up, unless he knew Amukamara wouldn't be there at pick 11. As long as Houston comes out of the first round with a cover corner, they'll be in good shape overall, and ready to fill other needs with the rest of their picks.
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