The trade to me only makes sense if it’s a QB OR you are one piece away from either having dominant top D or the teams one player away from being a SB contender. You need to be in a place where there are few holes, solid players down the line where only an impact players moves the needle.Whether or not trading the first round pick "fixes the problem" you absolutely trade up to get a potential probowl caliber player who was compared to Vonn Miller and Demarcus Ware. That's a risk I will take.
Now if you want to say WA should've been taken at 1.2 and use the traded picks for players , we agree.
The Texans have lots of holes. The three picks the #12, #33, 2024 1st can all be used. And this is the point that i think is missed, the trade up LIMITs your upside and concentrates your risk. How much better can WAJ be than expected? He was a top pick, his price was steep, he’d have to be a HOF with a healthy career. If something goes wrong (God forbid) then it’s a failure. However, if you use those picks, there’s a lot more room for upside, if you draft well,(I realize that might be a departure from the past), it’s much more possible for those players to exceed their expectations, and also you’ve now spread the risk among multiple players. Demarcus Ware and Micah Parsons are good examples of pass rushers exceeding expectations drafted around #12. Drafting Ware or Parsons or Watt or even Duane Brown or Deandre Hopkins for that matter isn’t like drafting TB12 in the 6th, it’s a realistic goal. If you look at history most trade ups don’t work out. Also now there isn’t an insurance against a bad season, which isn’t that improbable giving all the rookies, new systems and overall lack of talent and depth on the team.
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