The Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams possess the first two picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, and both teams are apparently trying to trade down from those spots.
Mike Florio claims the Texans want to move back to a spot where they can still select Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, while the Rams would like to move back and take Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews. Teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly looking to move up, so this could wind up working out for both teams.
Jadeveon Clowney is almost certain to be the first player taken during Thursday night’s draft, but that doesn’t mean the Texans will be the team selecting him. He’s a coveted prospect and from what we’re hearing, Houston is willing to move out for the right deal. The catch is that the Texans covet Mack and would want the chance to snag him at some point, so it’s unlikely they would be willing to move back too far.
The Rams have long said they are willing to move the No. 2 pick and have essentially put it up on the auction block. A team trying to snag one of the top quarterbacks, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins or Auburn tackle Greg Robinson might be willing to move up into that spot.
There have been no reports connecting specific teams with either of the top two picks, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any takers. As we get closer to the start of the draft you can bet things will heat up on the trade front.