With his history of bizarre trades, news that Bill O’Brien wants to trade back in to the first round of the NFL Draft, every team should try to call him.
It is not often general managers get presents right before the NFL Draft.
If Bill O’Brien really wants to trade back in to the first round of the Thursday night, as reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini, every general manager should feel like its Christmas.
O’Brien has made a string of baffling decisions this offseason, starting with trading All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a second-round pick, and then giving up a second-round pick for oft injured, underperforming former first round wide receiver Brandon Cooks. These trades came less than one year after he surrendered two first-round picks for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
As these bizarre events have unfolded, many across the NFL have been left wondering why, exactly, does he continue to have head coaching AND general managing power?
The Texans have what every franchise covets, a true franchise quarterback in three-year veteran Deshaun Watson. They also possess one of the best defensive players in the history of the league, in veteran J.J. Watt.
However, O’Brien’s ineptitude at managing the draft or the roster may well be wasting two incredible players.
Regardless, his decisions are often to the benefit of whichever team he happens to be speaking to in the moment.
So which team will be the benefactor? The Texans own the 40th-overall selection from the Arizona Cardinals in the Hopkins trade.
In a normal scenario, the 40th choice plus maybe a late third-round pick (90th overall this year for Houston) may be enough to get the team to Seattle’s No. 27 pick or certainly to the 49ers at No. 31 or the Chiefs at No. 32.
However, with O’Brien’s history, the team he trades with is certain to get the better of the deal.