HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Houston Texans are looking to break a 13 game losing streak against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, but if they do they could lose out on the first overall pick in the NFL Draft in May.
The Texans 2-13 record is the worst in the league heading into week 17, one game ahead (or behind) the Washington Redskins. The Redskins however wouldn’t get the first pick overall if they lose and the Texans win. That pick would transfer to the St. Louis Rams, who traded for the 2014 first round pick when the Redskins traded up in 2012 to grab Robert Griffin III.
With St. Louis in limbo on their quarterback situation it would cause an issue for the Texans if they fall to the second pick in the draft. If St. Louis decides to stick with the oft-injured #1 overall pick from 2009, Sam Bradford, they would have plenty of suitors for the top quarterback coming out of college. That top quarterback is who the Texans will have their eye on as well.
The Texans could be one of those teams that trade up, but giving up anything for one draft spot would be hard to do.
Of course any issue would dissolve if the Texans lose Sunday. A loss locks in the first overall pick and a chance to change the franchise with a top quarterback, if the Texans feel one is there.
Many believe Teddy Bridgewater is good enough to take over an NFL franchise and run it to success. The QB from Louisville is currently the top prospect for many looking forward to the NFL draft this year.
The Texans are interested in Bridgewater as Texans GM Rick Smith told SportsRadio 610’s Rich Lord that he went to watch the QB play in the Russell Athletic Bowl Saturday night against the Miami Hurricanes.
The Texans are no stranger to first picks in the draft. In their 11 seasons the Texans have drafted first twice. In their innaugural draft they selected David Carr. Again in 2006 when despite pressure to take a quarterback, the Texans took Mario Williams, a defensive end who owns Texans records for career sacks (53) and forced fumbles (11).
The games will decide who gets that all important first overall pick.