Texans get 20th pick in NFL Draft

February 26, 2010 7:20:40 PM PST
Will the Houston Texans find another rookie of the year in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft? The Texans learned their draft position of the first round when they lost a coin clip to the Atlanta Falcons at the NFL scouting combine Friday morning to determine the draft order. Houston will have the 20th selection in the first round, five spots behind last year's position.

Last April, the Texans selected linebacker Brian Cushing out of USC with the 15th overall pick in the first round and he went on to win The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

As for the subsequent rounds of this year's draft, the Texans, Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers, who all finished with 9-7 records in 2009, will alternate the 18th, 19th and 20th selection throughout the rest of the draft.

The Texans have eight picks overall. The additional pick is in the sixth round, acquired from San Diego in the trade of DT Travis Johnson.

The lower draft position this year followed the team's best record in franchise history. Prior to this year's draft, Houston's latest draft pick of the first round was the 18th selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.