Nick Caserio says Texans have "zero interest" in trading Deshaun Watson

Texans have no interest in trading Watson at this time. Composite image by Jack Brame.

Texans GM Nick Caserio spoke to the media on Friday during head coach David Culley's introductory press conference and expressed his stance on trading Deshaun Watson. Caserio made it very clear that the Texans have no interest in trading Watson. According to reports, many teams are calling about Deshaun, but the Texans aren't considering any trades at this point.

Also, it looks like the coaching staff is taking shape for Houston. According to Ian Rapoport, the Texans will hire Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton as quarterbacks coach, and Tim Kelly will remain as the offensive coordinator.

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The latest odds in Vegas have Ohio State QB CJ Stroud as the favorite to be drafted number one overall by the Carolina Panthers. If Vegas is correct and Stroud is selected by the Panthers, does that make Bryce Young a lock to be drafted by the Texans at No. 2?

We asked draft expert Lance Zierlein that exact question, and he believes it's a forgone conclusion that if Young is there for the Texans at No.2, he will be the pick.

But what if the opposite happens, the Panthers take Young and Stroud is there for the Texans. Should we assume the Texans would draft Stroud in this scenario?

This is where things get tricky. In theory, yes. But Zierlein isn't convinced that Stroud would be the no-brainer selection based on the Texans dealings with Stroud's agent, David Mulugheta, who also represents Deshaun Watson. And we all know how that played out. Watson got a huge payday from the Texans, and then forced his way out of town, leaving Houston with a salary cap mess.

Be sure to check out the video above as the guys share their thoughts on how this could all go down.

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