First of All I need to acknowledge the post of our beloved One.Cool.Customer for posting the current draft order. However i am somewhat puzzled by what was posted. I know the tie breaker scenarios as the apply to the playoffs, but from his post, it would seem that the tie-breakers for draft order operate differently.
Now, I was under the impression that in the event of a tie, the winner of head-to-head matches wins in the tie-breaker, which would make me assume that Arizona would draft behind us since they would have the better record in the tie having beaten us head to head.
Moving on, we beat Detroit in the head to head matchup so we would draft behind them. Now if we didn't play them in head to head, then we would draft in front of them currently as they have the better conference record at 4-7 compared to our 3-8.
Now, as I understood previous to today this is the way I thought the draft order should look right now through the top 10. " * " signifies a coin flip for who drafts first
- Carolina Panthers
- Denver Broncos
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Buffalo Bills
- San Francisco 49ers
- *Houston Texans
- *Detroit Lions
- Dallas Cowboys
- *Arizona Cardinals
- *Cleveland Browns
We beat both Houston and Detroit so I would assume we are drafting behind them. We were beaten Arizona so we draft behind them and they have the same Conference record as the Browns so a coin flip would decide between who gets the 9th and 10th pick.
Now I am hoping, based on what I know about tie-breakers (which may be different for draft order than playoffs), that the following teams win on on the last game of the season. This is all based on IF the cowboys lose to the Eagles and go to 5-11 for the season with a 3-9 conference record (Which with McGee at QB, I'm not holding my breath for a win):
Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions.
Denver: If Denver wins they go to 5-11 with a conference record of 4-8
Cincinnati: With a win over the Ravens (Again, don't hold your breath) they end at 5-11 and 4-8 in conference
San Francisco: With a win over the Cards jump to 6-10 and we draft ahead of them no matter what
Buffalo: With a win over the Jets (who will probably rest their starters possibly) end at 5-11 and 4-8 in conference
Houston: With a win over the Jags jump to 6-10 on the season
Detroit: With a win over the Vikings will jump to 6-10 on the season
The way I see it, with all of these teams coming away with a win and we lose, the draft order would look like this. Again this is based on what I know of tie-breakers which could very well be different from the way they work for the playoffs. And if there is a tie and there was no head to head match-up and conference record is the same then there is a coin flip to decide who drafts first between the teams:
Final Draft Order after Dream Week 17 Scenario:
- Carolina Panthers
- Dallas Cowboys
- *Denver Broncos
- *Cincinnati Bengals
- *Buffalo Bills
- **San Francisco 49ers
- **Houston Texans
- **Detroit Lions
- **Arizona Cardinals
- Cleveland Browns (depends on if they lose or win)
So, based on what I know (and I reiterate I may be wrong) we could possibly be drafting second overall. Now if THIS happens I just have 4 words for you:
Patrick Petersen Cornerback LSU
The guy is big enough to play safety and personally I have noticed that a lot of the completions and big plays have been made over the middle of the field where Alan Ball is currently playing. This is my dream scenario based on what I know.
NOW, I MAY BE WRONG ON THIS AS I AM NOT 100% SURE HOW TIE-BREAKERS WORK FOR THE DRAFT EXEPT THAT THERE IS A COIN FLIP TO DECIDE WHO DRAFTS FIRST IN EVENT OF A TIE. SO IF I HAVE MADE A MISTAKE, THEN PLEASE CLARIFY IN A POST. THANK YOU FOR READING. GO COWBOYS!!!!
What do you do with the Cowboys first pick?
Draft Patrick Peterson of LSU if he is available (95 votes)
Get a Defensive Lineman like Nick Fairley of Auburn (33 votes)
Trade Down and bag some extra picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds (31 votes)
Get Andrew Luck!!!! (If he declares) (20 votes)
179 total votes