Texans open to trading No. 3 overall pick in NFL Draft

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(SportsRadio 610) - For all of the focus during the season on the Texans' draft positioning as they continued losing games, it appears general manager Nick Caserio would entertain trading down to select more players.

Caserio first indicated as much last week, unsolicited, when he told reporters that whether they keep the No. 3 overall pick is a separate discussion to be had later.


This is a draft not believed to have a generational talent, certainly at the quarterback position. But it is a deep enough draft to yield multiple good players.

It's a strategy Caserio could be interested in. He spoke more about it with Payne & Pendergast on Tuesday morning.

"Absolutely," Caserio said when Sean Pendergast asked if he was open to moving the No. 3 overall pick. "Always open for business. You never want to limit yourself. I've always been open-minded when it comes to the draft. ... Every team and every individual has a different philosophy. 'We're not gonna trade, we're always going to pick, we're not going to move.' I think we're a little bit more open-minded, progressive thinking, move up and down. And it's not just move to move.

"Trades, specific to the draft, are always driven by A) player availability, B) where are you moving, what are you moving away from, and then C) what are you getting in return in terms of assets that can potentially fill out the rest of your team. So we're rolling up our sleeves right now, going through that draft process. There's a number of a good players that will be available. Again, we're open for business on anything."

Listen to the audio player above for the entire interview with Payne & Pendergast.

The Texans finished with a four-win season for the second consecutive year, but this offseason is different from the previous one. For the first time since 2019, the Texans have a first-round pick (No. 3 overall).

They are also looking to hire their third head coach in as many seasons after firing David Culley last week.