Ripple Effects of Stefon Diggs Trade on 2024 NFL Draft, WR Trade Market


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Before the Stefon Diggs trade, the Houston Texans had an eventful offseason, signing defensive end Danielle Hunter and acquiring running back Joe Mixon from the Cincinnati Bengals and then signing him to an extension.
On Wednesday, the Texans added a lead wide receiver in Diggs, who’s earned Pro Bowl nods in four consecutive seasons, racking up at least 103 catches, 1,183 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in each of those terms.
In case you haven’t figured it out, Houston is going all-in on a win-now approach while quarterback C.J. Stroud is on a rookie deal. Keep in mind that he’s not eligible for an extension until after the 2025 season.
For this year and the next, Houston can afford to take big swings for costly veterans before it has to worry about Stroud’s new contract.
In 2023, the Texans surprised most of the NFL world with a playoff appearance as the AFC South champions. Now, they look like a team that could challenge the AFC’s elite teams for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Assuming Tank Dell makes a full recovery from season-ending ankle surgery, the Texans will have a strong trio of wide receivers with Diggs and Nico Collins also in featured roles.
With Stroud, the 2023 Offensive Player of the Year, throwing to a well-rounded group of wide receivers, Mixon could see light boxes in the run game to balance the Texans’ offensive attack.
If so, Houston could field a top-10 scoring offense with an ascending defense that should be stingier than last year’s 11th-ranked scoring unit, with Hunter, defensive lineman Denico Autry and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair joining the front seven.


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