Houston Texans news: Hold on first draft pick weakens, Bryce Young still the choice, more

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) warms up (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) warms up (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Houston Texans are still leading the pack when it comes to who might get the first overall pick in the draft. However, fans are seeing the double-edged sword that can come from a team that is still playing hard late in the season. After beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Texans improved to 2-12-1 on the season. That may look bad, but it’s run-of-the-mill bad. The win, paired with basically every other bad team losing, puts the chance that the Houston Texans will pick first in jeopardy.

In fact, the Houston Texans are just a half-game better than the Chicago Bears for the first pick. With the Lions and Vikings their final two games of the season, it wouldn’t surprise to see Justin Fields and company finish 3-14.

The Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts are also right there as far as fighting for the first pick. Things can change quickly in this area. There was a time when the Jacksonville Jaguars looked like a real competitor for the first overall pick. Now they’re looking like the favorite to win the AFC South.

Other Houston Texans News

  • Should the Texans manage to hold onto the first pick, and that seems less likely you look at the schedule, one mock draft still has Bryce Young as the guy they should take. That shouldn’t really surprise but it is impressive how often he’s the guy.
  • If you wonder what the Texans were doing after the Titans game got delayed for an hour, it turns out not much. In fact, Lovie Smith said that he took a nap. Maybe the fact that he was well-rested is why the team found a way to win.

NFL News

  • The Colts lost again on Monday night. That was their fifth straight loss under interim coach Jeff Saturday. Since holding a 33-0 lead over the playoff-bound Minnesota Vikings at the half, Saturday’s Colts have been outscored 56-3. The game before that Vikings debacle, the Colts lost 54-19. And yet, team owner Jim Irsay is saying that Saturday still has a shot at the head coaching job. Houston Texans fans should be so lucky as to have this poorly run organization in the division.
  • While the Colts are hanging on with both hands to their bad head coach, the same can’t be said of the Denver Broncos. They fired Nathaniel Hackett on Monday, one day after an embarrassing loss. While not lasting even a year is something that is newsworthy, Broncos fans have been waiting for Hackett to be fired since Week 1.