Re: Compensatory picks
While I would love to do the trade DutchRudder suggests, it just wouldn't happen.
A 2013 3rd round pick is considered to be valued as a 4th round pick in this years draft by most systems. Throwing in a 4th round pick and a 6th round pick will definitely *NOT* get a team to trade a late 2nd round pick.
Looking back at previous trades involving a future 3rd round pick, I found 2 similar trades.
64(2nd) = 84(3rd), 195(6th), next years 3rd
91 (late third) = 137 (5th round, but first pick in 5th), 213 (7th round, but early), next years 3rd
We should either expect to have to trade our current 3rd round pick, a late round pick, and next year's 3rd for a 2nd, or expect to get at best a 3rd round pick, and that is only likely if we toss in a 2nd late round pick (say 5th round).
Overall I wouldn't kill the Texans if they trade away a future pick, but don't expect them to get equal value for a future pick as if it was a pick this year, it just doesn't happen that way. One reason the Patriots often trade for future picks is they can find a team desperate and therefore are able to get 2nd or 3rd round picks in a future trade for 3rd or 4th round picks in the current draft. If anything, that's what a good team does. It takes advantage of desperate teams, rather than acting desperate itself.