Well, the Jets emphatically clinched their playoff bid and left the Texans in the unenviable position of the best first team out of the playoffs. Jacksonville and Chicago finished with the exact same records, same opponent records, same division records, but Chicago’s conference record was 5-7, while Jacksonville’s was 6-6. That means Chicago will pick ahead of Jacksonville in the draft. Of course, when I say Chicago, I mean Denver because the Bears traded away their first round pick to the Broncos as part of the Jay Cutler trade. Got it?
The big winners (or losers) on the day:
The Rams – They locked up the #1 spot with their loss to the 49ers.
The Seahawks – The Hawks lost to the Titans, plus they already have Denver’s 1st round pick via trade and they lost to the lowly Chiefs. That gives them the 6th and 14th picks overall. Had things gone the other way? They’d have the 8th and 21st picks.
The Buccaneers – Because the Chiefs won today, the Bucs have sole possession of the 3rd pick in each round. Had the Chiefs lost, they would be in the 3rd spot and would most likely take Eric Berry who the Bucs covet, plus, they would have to alternate the 3rd and 4th pick in each round.
The big losers on the day:
The Chiefs – While the thrashing of the rival Broncos may have looked good on the field, it didn’t help anything off of it. With the win, the Chiefs dropped from the 3rd pick to the 5th pick behind the Bucs and Redskins. This will likely take them out of the running for the aforementioned Berry and Russell Okung, who the Skins could take.
The Texans – Houston beat New England today, giving them a shiny 9-7 record but no playoff appearance. They will be picking 20th overall instead of 14th, which they would have been had they lost the game.
The 49ers – They beat the Rams without trying, which leaves them in 13 spot. Had they lost the game, they would have the pleasure of picking 10th. They also own the Panthers first rounder, who did a number on the suddenly reeling Saints. Had Carolina lost, the 49ers would also own the 13th pick, not the 16/17th like they do now.
Also, for the record, the Rams could have won today’s gave and still walked away with the first pick. At least now they don’t have to alternate with the Lions in the subsequent rounds.
Without further ado, here is the unofficial official draft order for the non-playoff teams:
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