Following a relatively normal Day 1, in which they took pass-rusher Whitney Mercilus 26th overall in the first round, the Houston Texans traded out of the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Texans executed the 15th draft day trade in franchise history and sixth draft day trade in the last three years, trading the 26th pick of the second and seventh rounds (58th and 233rd overall) to Tampa Bay in exchange for the fifth pick in the third round (68th overall) and the 31st pick in the fourth round (126th overall).
The Texans used the newly-acquired third-round selection to grab Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey. Houston’s second third-round pick, Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks was taken with the 13th pick in the round.
The Texans acquired that pick in a trade with Philadelphia in March that sent DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round pick and a swap of third-round positions.
Posey is the second Ohio State Buckeye drafted by the Texans and the first since running back Jonathan Wells in 2002.
Posey joins Mercilus as an alumnus of a Big Ten school. The duo bring the number of players drafted by the Texans out of Big Ten schools to 12, which is third in team history behind the SEC and ACC (14 apiece).
Posey is the ninth wide receiver drafted by the Texans in team history and the highest-drafted receiver since the team selected Andre Johnson with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.
The only other receiver drafted by the Texans earlier than Posey was Jabar Gaffney, who was the 33rd overall pick in 2002.
Brooks is the fourth guard drafted by the Texans in team history and the first since Shelley Smith in 2010 (7th round).
The only guard drafted by the Texans earlier than Brooks was Fred Weary, who was the 66th overall pick in 2002.
Brooks is the first player out of Miami (Ohio) to be drafted by the Texans. He is the second player from a Mid-American Conference school to be picked by the team, joining Jason Babin, who was the 27th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.