Before the mass critics come out and say this will never happen, we tend to agree, but we are not discussing if the trade up for a prospect would happen. What we are looking at are the two players in our minds, one from offense and another from defense, who are worth trading up for the Houston Texans.
Both these players, whichever could be traded up for, could give the Texans a cure for some ailments on their current roster and set them up for some bigger years down the road. Trading up can be dangerous, but it could be worth the investment.
Looking at the potential first round picks, we picked our two targets we felt were worth giving up the 27th overall pick and mid round pick to trade up and draft. Both of these players are difference makers and are worth the risk for the franchise moving forward.
Barkevious Mingo, Outide Linebacker, LSU
Height: 6-4, Weight: 241 lbs., 40-yard dash: 4.53, Vertical: 37 inches, Broad Jump: 10’8″
Mingo is one of the premier pass rushers in the 2013 NFL Draft, and getting to the quarterback is any defenses’ number one priority. With the Texans lacking anything that looked like a consistent pass rush outside of J.J. Watt, the outside linebackers were poor in getting the quarterback.
With the run stuffing Brooks Reed who was limited in pass rush in 2012 and the young pass rusher in Whitney Mercilus, the Texans need to upgrade this group. The Texans need to add another potential pass rusher who can create some concern off the edges for the defense. Mingo needs to add some more weight on his lanky frame, but at 6-4 and 241 lbs., he has the frame and skill set to be a threat to NFL quarterbacks.
Considered a top 15 pick, Mingo has been knocked for his hot and cold motor on the field. He has never played standing up consistently and doesn’t really have an arsenal of pass rushing moves, but all of the skills are there, an explosive first step and closing speed to finish off ball carriers. Mingo did not rack up the quarterback sacks at LSU, 15 sacks in 3 seasons, but with some refining of his skills he could be something special.
He will take a few seasons to develop but his ceiling is high and getting to the quarterback is at a premium. Mingo could be a missing piece the Texans’ defense is looking for, another young pass rusher.
Cordarelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Height: 6-2, Weight: 216 lbs., 40-yard dash: 4.33, Vertical: 37 inches, Broad Jump: 10’8″
The biggest need for the Texans has to be the wide receiver spot next to Andre Johnson on opening day, and this is high priority for the Texans entering the draft. He might not be the most polished wide receiver in the draft, but when Patterson touches the football good things happen.
At Tennessee in 2012, Patterson scored touchdowns four different ways receiving (5), rushing (3), punt return (1) and kick return (1). Throw in the fact he set a school record for all-purpose yards with 1,858 but only finished with 778 yards receiving, which was second on the team.
Patterson has some issues with running routes but when he gets the ball in his hands he is a threat to make it an even bigger play. He has shown he can make players miss in open space which is a trait that the Texans’ offense has never had. Though debated, Patterson looks like the best wide receiver in the draft and could instantly help a non explosive Texans’ offense.
With an uneasy feeling with Texans wide receiver not name Andre Johnson, Patterson could set up the team in the future to potentially be a #1 wide receiver. With DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin still developing, Patterson added to the mix could soften the blow when Johnson’s time comes to an end for the Texans.
He is not Julio Jones, but the Atlanta Falcons showed what an aggressive move for a draft’s top wide receiver could do for a team. Drafting Patterson in the 1st by moving up could be exactly what this franchise needs.
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