Texans GM: ‘I absolutely know who I want’

Texans GM: ‘I absolutely know who I want’

Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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by Lorenzo Reyes / USA Today Sports

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Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Sunday, May 4 at 10:18 AM

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith knows who the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft will be next Thursday — that is, if the franchise ends up keeping the selection.

“I absolutely know who I want,” Smith said in an interview on Fox Sports Southwest. “I know the guys we like. The fortunate thing about having the first pick is I’ve got the pick of the litter, so I will know exactly who I want at that point.” Part of the draw of having the first-overall selection is that the

Texans can patiently weigh trade offers that may emerge from teams looking to climb up the draft board.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is largely considered the top available prospect and teams in need of a pass rusher could send Houston a package worth considering. Or, quarterbacks such as Johnny Manziel could be the object of franchises eyeing the No. 1 pick.

“Now where the game is played is if there’s an opportunity to move and, in this case, obviously to move back if somebody else wants to come up to that first pick,” Smith said. “Then you weigh what the opportunities are versus who the individual is that you want to take and what that value is relative to the value that somebody might be offering you. But as you move through the draft, obviously you don’t know who’s going to be picked when.”

With one week left until the NFL draft, Smith is basically telling the rest of the league that the No. 1 pick is for sale.

There should be several teams considering a swap for the top overall pick. Clowney has said he likes the Atlanta Falcons and even said he wished they would trade up for him.

The St. Louis Rams, who have the second selection, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the third, also said they would consider trading down. With so much interest in moving down from the top teams, the offers the Texans may receive may not be as enticing because teams looking to move into the top three could consider the Rams and Jaguars as fall-back options.

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