Bill O’Brien has done it again, my friends! The Houston Texans have traded the 57th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams for Brandin Cooks. When Bill O’Brien inevitably gets banished from the NFL for completely gutting the Texans organization of it’s assets, I hope he doesn’t dip his toes into the financial realm. If he does, promise me that you won’t let him manage your portfolio. The economy is hectic enough as it is in these trying times.
Let’s break this down, shall we? The Texans were coming into the draft with 3 picks in the top 57. This draft holds one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory. After trading DeAndre Hopkins, the top receivers on the Houston roster were Kenny Stills and Will Fuller.
Kenny Stills is historically pretty durable, but has never been able to take the reigns as a consistent standout receiver despite having a lot of talent. Stills will be entering his 8th season in the NFL and has yet to have a 1,000 yard season. Will Fuller is an even more dynamic talent, but seems to be made of glass. Keke Coutee is also in the mix but outside of a couple of big games during his rookie season, he has mostly been a disappointment. There are also rumblings of either Stills or Coutee being released before the upcoming draft after the addition of Cooks. With wide receiver being such a question mark in Houston, it doesn’t make much sense to give up a second round pick for one of the biggest question marks in the league. Brandin Cooks has 5 documented concussions since entering the league. How many more can one player take before he decides its not worth it anymore? Cooks has already been concerned enough about the issue to seek medical advice before deciding to continue his career. None of this is adding up to me, but here is what else is going on a couple of weeks out from the draft.
– Jason Licht said he has more confidence in Ronald Jones than he ever has. I don’t buy it one bit. Even if he does have confidence, Peyton Barber has moved on so it’s pretty obvious Tampa will be drafting a running back and there’s a good chance that a rookie can earn favor over Jones.
– Bill Belichick seems to really like Jared Stidham. Maybe we shouldn’t ignore this in 2 QB leagues? It’s just tough to put any confidence into any quarterback with the receiving depth in New England, even with the greatest coach of all time running the show.
– The Bills’ GM has confidence in Devin Singletary being the workload guy. If the Bills don’t draft a running back in the first half of the draft, I might end up with some Singletary on my 2020 rosters.
– The Chargers are still high on Justin Jackson. Ekeler is a dynamic player, but I believe that there is still plenty of value with Jackson. Jackson will provide a nice change of pace while also being one of the top handcuff options.
– The Falcons seem to be confident in the future health of Todd Gurley. Gurley might end up being a bargain in 2020 and I don’t feel one way or another about him quite yet. I do believe that Gurley is in a better situation with the Falcons this year than he was in 2019 in Los Angeles.