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Players don't care about a high draft pick

12/13/2013

You'll get a chuckle out of Texans players when they hear that some of their own fans want them to keep losing in order to secure the No. 1 overall draft pick.

They aren't interested in worrying about that. Losing doesn't feel good, even for a greater purpose, and they've had about enough of it.

"It's football; we try to win," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "I'm a football player. I'm never going to step on the field and not try to win. That's the only way I know how to play."

Right now the Texans are firmly in the lead for draft order as the only team in the NFL with just two wins. Three teams -- Washington (whose pick would go to St. Louis), Atlanta and Minnesota -- have just three wins, though the Vikings tied one game and so have a worse draft position than the other three-win teams.

Below that are five teams with four wins each, including the Jacksonville Jaguars. Two of their wins came against the Texans.

Before this season's Texans went on an 11-game losing streak, the last team to have such a slump was the 2011 Indianapolis Colts, which featured an injured Peyton Manning. They earned the top pick with a season-finale loss to the Jaguars and drafted Andrew Luck. That helped the Colts make the playoffs as a wild-card team last season.

Not every season offers such a quick fix as that one did. Even with the top pick, the Texans might not be so lucky. This year's quarterback class probably doesn't have a single player worth the No. 1 overall pick.

Still, having that pick means being sure you'll get the guy you want. That's a great luxury to have when you're a team that feels so close.