INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Texans and Atlanta Falcons both finished 9-7 in 2009 and had to flip a coin this morning in Indianapolis to determine their draft position.
The winner of the flip would pick 19th while the loser would get 20th, and it all went down in the Capitol Ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. Both Texans GM Rick Smith and Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff were present, and neither was able to call heads or tails. Instead, a special coin had the Falcons logo on one side and the Texans logo on the other. Ken Fiore, senior manager of player personnel with the NFL, had the honors of flipping the coin.
The Falcons won the flip and will pick 19th, while the Texans will go 20th. The Texans will alternate picks in the following rounds with Atlanta and the Steelers, who also finished 9-7 and are picking in the 18th slot.
So in Round 2, Atlanta will get the first pick of the three teams (although they traded their 2nd rounder to Kansas City), the Texans will move up in the order, and the Steelers will have the last of those three picks. Then in Round 3, the Texans will pick ahead of the Steelers and the Falcons, and it all reorders to Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Houston in Round 4.