The Houston Texans are on the clock.
With a 16-10 loss to the Titans on Sunday, their 14th consecutive loss after a 2-0 start, the Texans guaranteed that they would finish the season with the league’s worst record and thus hold the No. 1 pick at the 2014 draft.
The Texans were an consensus playoff team this year and are arguably the strongest team in years to have the number one pick in the draft.
Houston has twice had the number one pick, are at batting .500 with them. They took QB David Carr in 2002 with the first pick ever for the franchise, then selected DE Mario Williams first overall in 2006.
The St. Louis continue to benefit from their trade with the Washington Redskins for RG3 as they get the Redskins pick, the second overall.
Third are the Jacksonville Jaguars, the coachless Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders. Amazingly, in an era of parity in the NFL, where you can go from last to the playoffs as the Chiefs did, the Jaguars and Raiders once again finished in the bottom five of the league. For Jacksonville, this will be the 3rd consecutive year they have had a top five pick.
Here is a look at the projected first five picks in the 2014 NFL draft.
- Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville.
- St. Louis Rams — via Washington: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo.
- Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson.
- Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State.