The Houston Texans are three losses away from being on the clock in the 2014 NFL draft.
With Thursday night’s loss to the Jaguars, the Texans took a big step toward the worst record in the league and the first overall pick. At 2-11, Houston just needs to lose its final three games (at Indianapolis, home against Denver and at Tennessee) to clinch the first pick.
Behind Houston in the draft order are three teams currently sitting at 3-9: Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Washington, although Washington sent its first-round pick to St. Louis in the Robert Griffin III trade. Next is Minnesota at 3-8-1, and surprisingly Jacksonville is now out of the Top 5 in the draft order, having improved to 4-9 by beating Houston. Next are Oakland, Cleveland and Buffalo at 4-8.
Most of the early discussion surrounding the first overall pick has centered on either Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater or South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. It’s looking more and more likely that one of those two will end up in Houston.