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Could the Texans and Falcons pick first and second in the NFL draft?

Eric Edholm
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The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't care about your cute, little mock drafts. They are trying to win football games. Plural.

But what are we to make of the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons? They combined to win 25 regular-season games last season, and two more in the postseason, but so far in 2013, they have a mere pair of victories apiece.

And right now, they have just as much chance to earn the first and second picks in the draft as the suddenly competitive Jaguars do. And they have a better chance than the Buccaneers, who stunned the Detroit Lions for a third win.

That is ... stunning.

The Texans, despite his brief flare, do not trust Case Keenum or Matt Schaub at this point, and a new head coach — if Gary Kubiak is relieved of his duties — will have no allegiance to either. It would be a perfect time to draft a quarterback and hit reset there to give the offense some kind of chance.

Teddy Bridgewater? Maybe.

The Falcons need any kind of defensive hope. But a pass rusher sure would be nice. They can find offensive linemen later. A top-shelf defensive end would be much harder to find elsewhere.

Jadeveon Clowney? Makes too much sense.

But then again, this all could change again. Now you know why the no-mock-drafts-until-Week-13 rule exists. (Even though we just broke it.)

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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