2014 NFL Draft order: Top picks still undetermined

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There may be only one week left in the regular season, but the pick order is far from settled.

The Houston Texans are riding a 13-game losing streak into the season's final week. But despite having the league's worst record, Houston doesn't have the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft locked up.

If the Texans beat the Tennessee Titans (like they did Week 2), and the Washington Redskins lose, Houston will pick second due to strength of schedule. The Redskins pick gets sent to the St. Louis Rams as part of the Robert Griffin III trade.

Of course, if the Texans lose, it doesn't matter and Houston gets the top pick. Many believe that means the Texans will take the player they view as being the top quarterback.

That could change depending on who Houston picks as its new head coach. The team has already interviewed former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. If a defensive-minded coach like Smith is brought in, that could lead to Houston switching to a 4-3 defense. If Houston goes with a four-man front, South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be in play for the top pick.

With six teams having four wins, the top eight picks are in flux. We'll update the draft order following the San Francisco/Atlanta game tonight.

Regardless of how the Monday night game finishes, the Browns and Raiders will have the same strength of schedule after the game. When the strength of schedule is the same, the conference record comes into play. Because the Browns have a worse conference record, they would have the higher choice.

If the season did happen to end after this week, the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys would be flipping a coin for the 17th pick.

Here is the current 2014 NFL Draft order:

1. Houston Texans - 2-13 (.554)
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - 3-12 (.521)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - 4-11 (.504)

4. Cleveland Browns - 4-11 (.517) (3-8 conference record)
5. Oakland Raiders - 4-11 (.517) (4-7 conference record)
6. Atlanta Falcons - 4-11 (.554) 
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 4-11 (.579)
8. Minnesota Vikings - 4-10-1 (.521)
9. Tennessee Titans - 6-9 (.504)
10. Buffalo Bills - 6-9 (.517)
11. New York Giants - 6-9 (.529)
12. Detroit Lions - 7-8 (.458)
13. Pittsburgh Steelers - 7-8 (.471)
14. New York Jets - 7-8 (.488)
15. St. Louis Rams - 7-8 (.554)
16. Green Bay Packers - 7-7-1 (.462)
17 or 18. Baltimore Ravens - 8-7 (.487)
17 or 18. Dallas Cowboys - 8-7 (.487)
19. San Diego Chargers - 8-7 (.500)
20. Arizona Cardinals - 10-5 (.533)

Teams 21-32 are currently on pace to make the playoffs. Elimination will determine the proper order, so this is only ordered by record.

21. Chicago Bears - 8-7 (.470)
22. Miami Dolphins - 8-7 (.513)
23. Philadelphia Eagles - 9-6 (.466)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - 10-5 (.479)
25. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) - 10-5 (.488)
26. New Orleans Saints - 10-5 (.525)
27. Kansas City Chiefs - 11-4 (.442)
28. New England Patriots - 11-4 (.471)
29. Carolina Panthers - 11-4 (.496)
30. San Francisco 49ers - 11-4 (.500)
31. Denver Broncos - 12-3 (.467)
32. Seattle Seahawks - 12-3 (.492)

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