Houston Texans move up in NFL Draft after making trade with Patriots


Houston Texans move up in NFL Draft after making trade with Patriots
Texans add a 5th round pick. Composite image by Jack Brame.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans have traded a 6th and 7th round draft pick to the Patriots for their 5th round pick.

The New England Patriots had two 5th round picks (No.158 and No.170) and the Texans had three 6th-rounders (No.183, No. 205, and No. 207).

Field Yates is reporting that the Texans will receive pick 170, and the Pats will receive picks 183 and 245.

This trade helps the Texans, as they did not have a pick in the 5th round before the trade. The Texans now have a pick in every round except the 7th, and have multiple picks in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th rounds.

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The Houston Astros were in need of some serious help in the bullpen with Phil Maton, Hector Neris, and Ryne Stanek likely leaving this year in free agency.

While some fans were getting concerned about the quiet offseason, the club has made two moves this week to get the ball rolling.

First the team signed Victor Caratini to be the backup catcher, and now they have added some relief pitching.

The Astros traded pitching prospect Carlos Mateo to the Royals for RHP pitcher Dylan Coleman.

Coleman is under club control for the next several years, and made just over $700,000 in 2022. With the Astros right up against the tax threshold, this is a good way to add to the bullpen without having to hand out a large contract.

The Royals had a tough roster decision to make with Coleman, and the Astros made the decision easy for them by making the trade.

Something to note

There's a reason Kansas City wasn't determined to protect Coleman from the Rule 5 Draft. Despite his decent numbers over the last three seasons, 2023 was a rough year for him, posting an 8.84 ERA over 23 games.

In fact, Coleman pitched more innings (30.2) for the Royals AAA team than he did for the big league club (18.1) in 2023.

Hopefully, the Astros can get him back on track this season with some help from their highly touted player development program.

You can watch some of his 2022 highlights above.

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