- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The top 20 of the draft order has been set and the Jaguars have the No. 3 pick -- and it sets up for the Jaguars to possibly end up with the top-rated quarterback in the draft.
Houston picks No. 1 followed by St. Louis (from Washington). The prevailing theory is that Houston, because there is enough talent to make a playoff run if the quarterback position is fixed, will go after free agent Jay Cutler. If they land him, they wouldn't take a quarterback. Instead, they could go with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
St. Louis was ready to negotiate a long-term deal with starting quarterback Sam Bradford before he was injured this season and there hasn't been any indication that team officials have backed off that stance. That would mean the Rams wouldn't go quarterback at No. 2, either, and could instead opt for OT Jake Matthews from Texas A&M.
That would mean the Jaguars would be free to take Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.
That's just one scenario. Here's another: The Texans could opt to take Bridgewater regardless of whether they sign Cutler. The Rams aren't likely to take a quarterback so they go Clowney or Matthews. The Jaguars could go pass-rusher with UCLA's Anthony Barr or take Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
There's a lot of time between now and the draft. And Bridgewater, Manziel and Clowney haven't even declared for the draft yet.
It's going to be a fun five months, though.
The rest of the top 10 is: Cleveland, Oakland, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Buffalo and Detroit.