Tuesday’s trade of linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles may have been a surprising move, and a tough one to stomach for the Texans and their fans, but it falls in line with general manager Rick Smith’s strategy of building through the draft.
When the trade goes through this afternoon, the Texans will receive the fourth pick in the fourth round of this year’s draft. They also will receive the 77th overall pick in the third round in exchange for their third-round pick at No. 89. Instead of picking 26th in the third round, they’ll pick 13th.
That gives the Texans three picks in the top 77 — Nos. 26, 58 and 77. They now have two fourth-rounders to go along with a fifth, sixth and seventh-round pick. The full draft order has not been released because compensatory draft picks, which are awarded at the end of the third through seventh rounds, are still pending.
Among the Texans’ fourth-round picks since 2006 have been tight end Owen Daniels, safety Glover Quin and linebacker Darryl Sharpton, Ryans’ presumptive replacement at Mo (weak inside) linebacker.
Ryans did not play on passing downs last season in the Texans’ 3-4 defense and was due to make a $5.9 million base salary in 2012. His contract is now off the Texans’ books in 2013 and beyond.
Tags: Darryl Sharpton, DeMeco Ryans, Glover Quin, Owen Daniels, Rick Smith
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