'The fortunate thing about having the first pick is I’ve got the pick of the litter,' Texans
Gm Rick Smith said. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
We're exactly a week away from the start of the 2014 NFL draft, but the Houston Texans apparently know who they want to select with the No. 1 pick, according to general manager Rick Smith.
Speaking to Fox Sports Southwest, Smith stated that while he does see value in trading down, he knows the player he wants to select first overall.
“I absolutely know who I want,” Smith said in an interview with "Texans Huddle." “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.”
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Despite suggesting that the Texans know the player they want to draft, Smith did leave the door open for a potential trade down.
“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.”
As draft day draws nearer, we're certain to hear more rumors about the Texans possibly trading the top pick, but if they opt to keep it, they seem quite sure of who they'll select first overall.