Now it will be time to figure out what player the Texans will target with the top pick. Most believe that the Texans will draft Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, should he enter the draft.
The Texans have used both Matt Schaub and Case Keenum at quarterback this season with little effectiveness. Complicating things slightly is Schaub being under contract through 2016.
What Houston does with the top pick could depend on who is hired as the new head coach. The Texans are reportedly negotiating a contract with current Penn State University head coach Bill O'Brien.
Houston's front office, led by general manager Rick Smith, will spend time between now and May determining if Bridgewater is a better quarterback prospect than Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Fresno State's Derek Carr and Central Florida's Blake Bortles.
If the Texans don't draft a quarterback with the top pick, the team could target South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. It wouldn't be the first time Houston went with a defensive end with the top selection.
The Texans last had the No. 1 pick in 2006, when they selected defensive end Mario Williams. With the top pick in 2002, the Texans drafted quarterback David Carr.
Houston finished this season on a 14-game losing streak.