5 things to watch in tonight’s NFL Draft Round 1

Final preps for the NFL Draft in Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium.
Final preps for the NFL Draft in Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP photo)

Texas trade up?

The Houston Texans don’t have a pick until the third round, due to the Laremy Tunsil trade, which sent both the team’s first- and second-round picks to Miami. Through a variety of trades, Houston’s No. 3 pick is in the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

So, is there a chance the Texans trade up to get into Thursday?

A chance, sure, but it’s extremely unlikely given the low amount of draft capital Houston has and a roster full of players unlikely to be desirable on a trade. Realistically, only two Texans players could warrant a first-round pick, and one is currently under league investigation.

Aaron Rodgers wants out?

Less than two hours after what appeared to be an NFL Draft day bombshell (Tim Tebow! Back! Playing Tight End!), a real news bombshell dropped.

Multiple reports, including from ESPN say the NFL MVP, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay.

Rodgers reportedly even has a short-list. The 49ers have the 3rd pick while the Broncos have the 9th pick. That adds intrigue to the front half of tonight’s first round.

How high does Jaylen Waddle go?

The Episcopal High School star is projected as a Top 10 draft pick coming out of Alabama. Waddle could go as high as possibly 6th to the Miami Dolphins and is unlikely to fall below the teens.

The 5-foot-10 slot receiver is a perfect fit for a handful of teams starved for a playmaker.

Episcopal has three high-profile picks with Waddle, Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and Stanford offensive lineman Walker Little.

Coogs house!

Houston Cougars defensive end Payton Turner has been projected to go somewhere in the 2nd round but might be getting a late push-up due to the scarcity of talent at his position.

The Houston jewelry connection

Houston jeweler Zo Frost is waiting patiently to see his work on the big screen Thursday night. Frost has a handful of clients projected in the Top 10, including No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence, Florida Tight End Kyle Pitts (projected Top 5) and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (projected Top 10).


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