Posted December 30, 2013

Houston Texans clinch No. 1 pick in NFL draft 2014 after loss to Titans

AFC South, Houston Texans, NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014
The loss to the Titans was the Texans' 14th straight defeat.

The loss to the Titans was the Texans’ 14th straight defeat. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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.

Had the Texans won on Sunday, Washington could have jumped them in the draft order — a swap that would have given the Rams the No. 1 selection. Instead, the Rams will hold the No. 2 pick.

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What Houston does atop the draft could hinge on whether Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater foregoes his senior season for the NFL. The Texans have a clear need at that position.

Since entering the league in 2002, the Texans have held the No. 1 pick twice. They used it on QB David Carr during that initial draft for the franchise, then selected DE Mario Williams first overall in 2006.

8 comments
rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Once Bill O Brien is signed ...Texans draft Johnny Touchdown

IM1RU12
IM1RU12

If you are going to have a lousy season, might as well lose most games and get the no. 1 draft pick. 

wetmouse
wetmouse

And they have the 33rd pick overall, right after the Super Bowl Champion Broncos. Adding essentially two first rounders to this talented team makes this a great job to take. Too bad the Texans are looking at such lousy candidates.

parkbrav
parkbrav

I guess nothing was left in the tank for Houston after week 3

UTKING
UTKING

Sure hope Florida State QB Jameis Winston decides to turn pro and throw the ball to players like Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins could be something real special!!!

pvs
pvs

@wetmouse Broncos defense will be exposed by better teams in the playoffs.....Peyton's post season success in the past.....so, no SB win for the Broncos.

Mulva
Mulva

@UTKINGHe will turn pro...next year. Nice try, Urkle.