Originally Posted by Hottoddie
For example, if we're sure we're going to get a 3rd for Mario next year, then we could add our regular 3rd next year to a deal to move up in this year's draft. Of course, there is no guarantee of the pick, but history can give a pretty good indicator of what should happen.
My other train of thought is that this would be a good year to trade out of the 1st for a 3rd this year & 1st next year much like New England has been doing for the last few years.
First, trading a pick a year ahead is generally give a -1 round value. So trading a 2013 3rd round pick is akin in value to trading a 2012 4th round pick. You're not moving up very much in the 1st round with a 4th round pick (maybe 2 or 3 spots). However, that 2013 3rd round pick could possibly get a 2012 4th round pick, if there's a player you really like and there's a team that's willing to deal.
I don't like the Texans giving up picks in this draft for a future draft. One, this team will need players now after all of the free agent losses. Two, the Texans will already have possibly 11 picks in the 2013 draft. It's difficult to imagine a contending team needing more than 11 picks. Three, this team needs to win now. Those extra picks in 2013 won't help in that regard.