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First-round order set for top of 2014 NFL draft

Eric Edholm
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Teddy Bridgewater (USA Today Sports Images)

Other than the playoff entrants, we know what the top of the 2014 NFL draft will look like.

The Houston Texans, by virtue of losing their final 14 games, will have the first pick and will consider Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, if he declares early. The St. Louis Rams, by virtue of the Washington Redskins' failures, will pick second. The Redskins and Rams made a trade involving the draft pick that became Robert Griffin III, and the Redskins' horrific struggles this season were the Rams' gain. They also own the 13th overall pick.

Picks 1-20 are set, save for the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys, who finished with identical records and strengths of schedule, which is the tiebreaker for draft order. A coin flip will determine which team will pick 16th and which will pick 17th. (The Cleveland Browns, in addition to the fourth overall pick, also own the Indianapolis Colts' first-rounder, courtesy of the Trent Richardson deal.)

The remainder of Round 1, Nos. 21-32, will be determined by the playoff results. The winner of the Super Bowl will select last and the other Super Bowl participant next-to-last, regardless of their regular-season record. The conference championship losers will select 29th and 30th, according to the reverse order of their standing. Likewise, the divisional playoff losers will pick 25th through 28th, and the wild-card losers will select 21st through 24th, based on regular-season standing.

Here is the draft order we know so far:

1. Texans
2. Rams (from the Redskins)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Browns
5. Oakland Raiders
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Detroit Lions
11. Tennessee Titans
12. New York Giants
13. Rams
14. Chicago Bears
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Baltimore Ravens*
17. Dallas Cowboys*
18. New York Jets
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Arizona Cardinals

* order to be determined by coin flip

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