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Texans, Bears in line for top draft picks

Feb 8, 2022; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans new head coach Lovie Smith (left) and general manager Nick Caserio (right) speak during the introductory press conference at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Houston can wrap up the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft if the Texans lose for the 14th time this season in the regular-season finale Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Chicago (3-13) is in position to claim the top spot if the Texans (2-13-1) beat the Colts (4-11-1) and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Bears. Indianapolis and Houston tied, 20-20, in Week 1. The Colts have one victory since Oct. 16.

Indianapolis would have the fifth pick in the 2023 draft if the season ended before Week 18.

The Texans own the first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns as payment due Houston for the Deshaun Watson trade. That pick is No. 12 entering Sunday’s games.

Seattle remains alive for the playoffs and a top three pick in 2023. The Denver Broncos’ pick goes to the Seahawks as part of the trade package for Russell Wilson.

Current NFL draft order based on 2022 regular-season records:

1. Texans
2. Bears
3. Seahawks (via Broncos)
4. Cardinals
5. Colts
6. Lions (via Rams)
7. Raiders
8. Falcons
9. Panthers
10. Eagles (via Saints)
11. Titans
12. Texans (via Browns)

–Field Level Media