The Houston Texans learned from past experiences as a franchise, (most notably missing out on a couple of highly coveted prospects in 2015), and this, along with other experiences, changed how the team now approaches the NFL Draft.
Let’s take a look.
The Texans tried everything they could last season to land a wide receiver with speed and play making ability. Phillip Dorsett was highly valued by the Texans and, after selecting Kevin Johnson, they went to work getting a deal in place with the New England Patriots to land Dorsett at the end of the first round. The deal fell apart after the Indianapolis Colts selected Dorsett.
Move to later in the draft, the Texans had Tyler Lockett on their draft radar and put together a package of picks to move up to the New York Jets' spot to land the Kansas State product. The Seattle Seahawks one upped the Texans and selected Lockett themselves, causing the Texans to miss out on what could have been a nice addition to their offense.
The Texans have made a habit over the past season that if they like a player, they are not afraid to trade up for them. Louis Nix, Benardrick McKinney, and Jaelen Strong (who was the consolation prized instead of Lockett) were all acquired via draft day trades and each player has added talent to the Texans roster.
Fast forward to last night.
The Texans were sitting at #22, which was considered as the portion of the draft where wide receivers were set to start flying off the board. When the Cleveland Browns took Corey Coleman, the wheels started moving. With the Redskins, Texans, Vikings, and Bengals picking all in succession, the receiver run was ready to begin. Each team was considered wide receiver-needy and, with only one true speed player left from the group of Will Fuller, Laquon Treadwell, and Josh Doctson, the Texans had to act. The reason to act was attached to the Bengals, who were reportedly looking to move up to the Redskins spot at #21 to potentially grab Will Fuller.
The Texans did not want a reenactment of the missed timing endured during the 2015 NFL Draft and saw enough value to land the receiver they wanted by giving up a 2017 6th-round pick to move up one spot.
Past experiences would not be the discussion once again in the 2016 NFL Draft and the Texans landed their guy in Will Fuller on their own terms.