It was reported yesterday that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said that the team is willing to trading away the number one pick. “Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” McNair said. “It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.”
If the Texans are willing to trade away the number one overall pick it would mean that the first two picks in the 2014 NFL draft are up for grabs for any team willing to make the move.
How exactly does this affect the Rams? It very well could devalue the number two pick. If a team falls in love with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, it would make more sense to move up to the first overall pick rather than chance the Texans taking Bridgewater by trading to the second overall pick.
It also could affect how much the number two overall pick is worth. If a team can’t make a deal with the Rams, there is always another option of trading up with the Texans. The Rams are no longer the only team willing to trade down.
In order to trade down, the Rams may have to take less than they had originally planned as teams now have another trade option.
Finding a trade partner to move up to number one or number two isn’t easy and there are only ever maybe one team that is willing to trade away the picks to do it. Giving teams the opportunity to move up high with two different teams, completely changes the value of these picks.
We know one thing is for certain, there are teams high up in the draft that want to move down, now it’s just a matter of finding a team willing to trade up and making a deal. The fact that the Rams now aren’t the only team willing to trade down, makes the situation a lot more interesting.