Your Houston Texans are currently without a pick until the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Whitney Mercilus, assuming a healthy return from the torn pec that ended his 2017 campaign, is a pass rushing asset in a league where dudes who can get after the quarterback are always at a premium, and presumably Mercilus’ stock is enhanced by the two years left on a very reasonable contract. In his latest piece for ESPN, Bill Barnwell proposed hypothetical trades involving each selection in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. One such imaginary transaction involved the Texans. Consider the following deal:

20. Detroit Lions
Lions get: DE Whitney Mercilus; 2019 first-round pick
Texans get: 1-20
The Texans desperately need to find a way to protect budding superstar Deshaun Watson.


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