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Texans to pick first in NFL Draft

The complete order for the April 29-30 draft was announced Jan. 2, with Houston at No.

NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2006) -- The complete order for the April 29-30 draft was announced Jan. 2, with Houston at No. 1, presumably with the rights to Reggie Bush, the Southern California running back who is expected to declare his eligibility after the Jan. 4 Rose Bowl. The Texans (2-14) officially fired coach Dom Capers as New Orleans (3-13), which will have the second pick, did with Jim Haslett.

After the Saints come a group of 4-12 teams: Tennessee, the New York Jets and Green Bay, followed by Oakland and San Francisco.

After seven, the rest of the order among non-playoff teams is Buffalo, Detroit, Arizona, St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Minnesota, Dallas, San Diego and Kansas City.

The order among the playoff teams is subject to change, depending on how teams do in the postseason, although no team can fall below other teams with the same regular-season record unless it advances to the Super Bowl. The winner of that game would have the 32nd and last pick, the loser would pick 31st.

Thus New England and Washington (both 10-6) are Nos. 21 and 22. If the Patriots advance and the Redskins don't, Washington would move up one spot, but New England could not fall below 22nd.

The order among the 11-5 teams starts with Carolina at No. 23, followed by Tampa Bay, Chicago, Cincinnati, the New York Giants and Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville, the only 12-4 team, is 29th, followed by Seattle and Denver (13-3) and Indianapolis (14-2).

The draft order is determined by weakness of schedule in the case of ties in the standings, and head-to-head games have no bearing.

2006 Draft Order
TeamRecordStrength of Schedule
1Houston Texans2-14.535
2New Orleans Saints3-13.523
3Tennessee Titans4-12.512
4New York Jets4-12.527
5Green Bay Packers4-12.531
6Oakland Raiders4-12.539
6San Francisco 49ers4-12.539
8Buffalo Bills5-11.500
9Detroit Lions5-11.504
10Arizona Cardinals5-11.508
11St. Louis Rams6-10.484
12Cleveland Browns6-10.508
13Baltimore Ravens6-10.523
14Philadelphia Eagles6-10.531
15Atlanta Falcons8-8.492
16Miami Dolphins9-7.457
17Minnesota Vikings9-7.484
18Dallas Cowboys9-7.523
19San Diego Chargers9-7.559
20Kansas City Chiefs10-6.504
21New England Patriots10-6.508
22Washington Redskins10-6.539
23Chicago Bears11-5.457
24Carolina Panthers11-5.449
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers11-5.449
26Cincinnati Bengals11-5.477
27New York Giants11-5.492
28Pittsburgh Steelers11-5.492
29Jacksonville Jaguars12-4.465
30Seattle Seahawks13-3.430
31Denver Broncos13-3.500
32Indianapolis Colts14-2.457
Notes: Oakland and San Francisco order will be determined by coin flip. Playoff team order will be affected by playoff results.

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