Mock Draft: Texans headline 9 teams who should explore trading up

You know that feeling. You’ve done all your research, read countless mock drafts and are more than ready for the NFL Draft to begin. You nail the first few picks, and think to yourself that this draft prognosticating thing couldn’t be easier.

Then the first trade of the night is struck, and all that research goes out the window.

Personnel departments do countless hours of work sizing up hundreds of prospects in the draft each year, and when one in particular sticks out as the perfect marriage of need and talent, it’s hard to sit tight and hope no other team scoops that kid up before you have the opportunity. Oftentimes we see teams trade up for quarterbacks -- just look at last year’s draft -- but the perfect blue-chipper can come at almost any position.

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