Teddy Bridgewater (USA Today Sports Images)
The Houston Texans' coaching search continues, but whoever gets the job will be coming to a team with the rights to the top pick in the 2014 draft. The Texans' 16-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday clinched the first overall selection for the 2-14 team.
A Texans victory would have allowed the St. Louis Rams to move into the top spot after receiving that pick from 3-13 Washington in the RG3 trade.
So what will the Texans do with the pick? Houston's need for a new quarterback is pretty clear with Matt Schaub's presumable last throw for the franchise resulting in an interception against the Titans.
Coincidentally, Teddy Bridgewater — a candidate for the first overall pick — dominated in Louisville's victory over Miami in the Citrus Bowl on 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 can take the top-ranked player on their board. This will be the third time the Texans have the No. 1 pick, having taken Mario Williams at that spot in 2006 and David Carr in 2002.
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