The Houston Texans decided to play it safe and not engage in any draft day trades. Booooooring! C’mon, Houston, you can’t manufacture draft day trade value by sitting on your assets!
But speaking of the Texans assets, they entered the 2019 draft with four sweet, sweet picks – No. 23 (1st), No. 54 (2nd), No. 55 (2nd), and No. 86 (3rd). As dictator of Trade Down Island I salivate over that plethora of picks. In TDI’s Glorious Constitution we boldly proclaim that good talent evaluators can find solid starters and even Pro Bowler in the second round, so amen to having No. 54 and No. 55.
If I controlled the Texans draft board I would’ve tried to trade back from the No. 23 spot. The Rams, for example, traded back from No. 31 to No. 45 and picked up another third round pick, No. 79, where starters can still be found. In my Trade Down Island utopia, here’s what the Texans would’ve had after trading down from No. 23 in exchange for No. 33 and something like No. 82.:
Texans Selections: No. 23 (1st), No. 54 (2nd), No. 55 (2nd), No. 86 (3rd)
Dictator’s Utopia: No. 33 (2nd), No. 54 (2nd), No. 55 (2nd), No. 82 (3rd), No. 86 (3rd)
Ohhhhhhhh baby. Look at them assets!