Trade Up or Trade Down: GM Brian Gaine shares philosophy

The Texans own three picks in the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

But that might change.

General manager Brian Gaine is armed with a first-rounder at 23rd overall, along with a pair in the second round at 54th and 55th overall. Depending on the situation, he's open to trading up or trading down. But during a Thursday morning press conference at NRG Stadium, he explained his preference if he had to choose between the two.

"I would always lean more toward accumulating more picks – more at-bats, more volume, more opportunities to take more players," Gaine said.

Houston went without a pick in the first two rounds last April, and Gaine said it was "hard to wait" until the third round before choosing. The Texans traded up in the first round in consecutive years in 2016 and 2017, picking Will Fuller, V and Deshaun Watson, respectively. The Watson trade included the 2018 first round selection, which went to Cleveland.

Gaine did not rule out the Texans moving up again in 2019.

“I think every situation is different," Gaine said. "When it comes to supply and demand, there’s certainly a player that’s falling down the draft board, we evaluate every transaction that occurs. I think if there’s value on the board and that player is dropping and you had a high value on him and a high grade and you trust your process and that player’s starting to slide down the board, perhaps that’s worth a conversation, maybe if you had to go up and get him."

The Draft begins Thursday night in Nashville. In addition to the three picks in the first two rounds, Houston also owns selections in the third (86th overall), fifth (161st), sixth (195th) and seventh (220th) rounds.

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