http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/...31/nfl-draft-texans-to-trade-for-ryan-mallett 2014 NFL Draft: Texans to trade for Ryan Mallett? Could Houston get its quarterback of the future this weekend without selecting one in the NFL draft? According to NBC Sports' Tom Curran, the Texans engaged the New England Patriots in trade talks centered around backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who played for current Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien was offensive coordinator of the Patriots when Mallett was drafted 74th overall in 2012. Mallett would not be guaranteed an improved position on the depth chart in Houston. The Texans signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum is still on the roster.