Houston Texans lose, earning first overall draft pick; could they take Bridgewater?

Eric Edholm
December 29, 2013

There is a lot going on with the Houston Texans, with surprisingly little of it related to their Week 17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Other than this result: Losing the game earns the Texans the first pick in the NFL draft. The final throw of Matt Schaub's Texans career (almost certainly) was an interception, and the Texans' need for new QB blood is pretty clear.

Coincidentally, Teddy Bridgewater — a candidate for the first overall pick — dominated in Louisville's victory over Miami (Fla.) in the Citrus Bowl Friday night, completing 35 of 46 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns in what could have been the final game of his impressive college career. The fact that observers had questioned Bridgewater's level of competition entering the game only should help his cause to be a high pick.

Would the Texans consider drafting Bridgewater? Sure. But it depends greatly on who ends up being their head coach. The tide has shifted fiercely toward Penn State's Bill O'Brien being the odds-on favorite for the job with negotiations reportedly happening currently.

But the Texans still haven't hired their coach yet, and despite playing well in the game, Bridgewater has yet to declare for the draft — and he's also not a lock to be the first pick even if he does declare. This could shape up as a year where there is no consensus top player.

But what only matters is what the Texans think. They now know they have the next five-plus months to break down the draft pool knowing they will take the top-ranked player on their board.

The Texans are a buzz team right now on a Sunday in which they played poorly, putting a nail in the coffin of a miserable season. But things are starting to look up.

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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!