2021 Building Block 1 / Go Texans
Although I'm still on board with knocking out a trade with the Dolphins.....I'd look at a deal with the Jets. I've been thinking about this and IMHO, I'd take Darnold as part of the package. I'd re-sign McCarron and then let him and Darnold duke it out for the QB1 job. I'd rather use the Jets picks to start shoring up the "Dirty Dozen" (trenches & LB'ers) at this time. If Darnold is part of the trade package, his value would no longer be a RD1 pick....regardless of who's putting him on the market. If he loses the competition to McCarron, I'd hold onto Darnold until the trade deadline where I certainly might get a better return from a team that is in a desperate situation QB wise.I prefer trade with Jets so I could lock in the QB I think could be the best in the draft in Zach Wilson.
I was not a fan of darnold when he came out of college however like Tu'a I cannot get a clear evaluation of him in my mind. We all know that he played for horrible head coach and had a Offensive line worse than the Texans. He is only 23 years of age. I keep thinking that if we get head coach that will make Watson even better than he is should not that same coach be able to make darnold quite a bit better than he is? Not saying they had the same skillset.
Lance Zierlein compared him to Andrew Luck:
In NFL he continued his college performances as far as throwing interceptions. He ended 2020 with a shoulder injury but still played in the last one or two games as I recall.All Combine and Draft-Related Analysis, News, Video, and Biographical Information for Sam Darnoldwww.nfl.com
if we ended up trading with jets I would prefer they trade him and then give us the pick but I would negotiate that as a side bet somehow. Example, Jets trade him for a 2021 first round pick we get it. They don't get a first-round pick we get both of their round 3 and they get our 2022 round two or something. Heck I don't know
The Texans would have the #2 pick and in the scenario mentioned above....no need to burn that #2 pick on Zach Wilson. Texans could move that pick to a team who thinks the sun comes up and goes down over Wilson....that's going to cost them. Texans could easily gain picks in both the 2021 and 2022 NFL Draft. I could see more than a few teams making the call when the Texans announce that the #2 pick is on the block for the highest bidder. Might as well strike gold twice in the same year by trading Watson and then trade the #2 pick. I could envision the Texans suddenly being the envy of NFL teams with their bundle of picks through the next 2 drafts.