Let's make one thing very clear before we start discussing the loss of draft picks via trade: if you come away with a franchise quarterback, there is almost no price too high to pay. The Texans did that this offseason when they acquired Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. But it does warrant mentioning that, when time comes around for the 2018 NFL Draft, the Texans could be watching the Cleveland Browns select a pair of pretty nice players with selections handed to Cleveland this offseason. Yes, that's right. The Texans currently qualify as a bad enough football team that they would be picking No. 8 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. That selection will be owned by the Browns, however, because of the Watson trade, which saw the Texans give up a future first-round pick in exchange for the No. 12 pick last year. But wait, there's more. The Texans also traded with the Browns when the new league year first opened, dealing away Brock Osweiler and his mammoth nightmare of a contract along with a second-round pick in exchange for, well, nothing. The Texans wanted to dump Osweiler's salary and the Browns wanted to get draft picks, so the deal happened. Right now that pick would land squarely in the top-40 range (the eighth pick in the second round would be exactly the No. 40 overall pick, but there are likely alternate picks involved here because of similar records). Don't get me wrong, the Texans would make this trade in a heartbeat: Jabrill Peppers, No. 8 overall (2018), No. 40 overall (2018), Roderick Johnson and Brock Osweiler for Deshaun Watson and Carlos Watkins. That's basically what the swaps this offseason worked out to be. But the Texans are still a team that needs some depth and some help.
Texans offseason trades currently mean giving away two top-40 picks in 2018 NFL Draft
CBS Sports | Nov 28