No, not trading up for, taking. As in he’s there at 11. As in wait, what? Yes, that happened. The best player in the draft ,in the eyes of many, is there at the eleventh overall pick for the Houston Texans. Here’s what McShay has to say for himself:
There has been talk about the Texans possibly trading up to get Peterson and significantly upgrade their secondary, but in this dream scenario they stay put and get one of the four elite players in this class.
The scenario it takes for this to happen involves the Cardinals tabbing Aldon Smith at No. 5 overall, the Cowboys taking J.J. Watt at No. 9 overall, and the 49ers passing on Peterson for Blaine Gabbert at No. 7. That’s a, um, highly unlikely scenario based on reality. But hey, I’m a fan of dreaming. Dream big, Mr. McShay. And if you could make sure this actually happens, that would be great too.
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