Week 16 is almost in the books and one of the 32 draft spots has already been decided:
The Carolina Panthers have locked up the No. 1 spot in the 2011 draft thanks to the Bengals and Broncos moving up to 4-11 with wins yesterday. If Stanford QB Andrew Luck declares for the draft, all mystery will be gone from that No. 1 spot, and we can all concentrate on the spots below that.
As it stands today, the Cowboys have the number seven pick in the draft by virtue of their last second loss to the Cardinals, but that draft spot remains as fluid as ever.
With a loss against the Eagles, the Cowboys could conceivably move into the #4 spot if the Bengals and Bills win their last games (the Cowboys cannot overtake the Panthers, Broncos and the loser from the Cardinals @ 49ers game).
A win against the Eagles, and a couple of other improbable but not inconceivable game results could still see the Cowboys drop all the way to the 13th spot. For many other teams, the draft spots also remain very fluid heading into the final regular season games. After the break, a full overview of the draft spots as they stand after the Sunday games.
[Note: updated with results through Tuesday, December 28th]
Draft order through Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
|6||San Francisco 49ers||5-10||.492|
|15||New England Patriots (from OAK)||7-8||.471|
|18||San Diego Chargers||8-7||.458|
|19||New York Giants||9-6||.454|
|20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9-6||.479|
|21||*St. Louis Rams||7-8||.442|
|23||*Green Bay Packers||9-6||.521|
|24||*Kansas City Chiefs||10-5||.408|
|26||*New York Jets||10-5||.496|
|27||*New Orleans Saints||11-4||.463|
|32||*New England Patriots||13-2||.504|
|* Indicates likely playoff teams
Reminder: These are the rules for determining the draft order for the 2011 draft:
- Teams that make the playoffs receive the last 12 draft picks from position 21-32, ordered by which round of the playoffs they were eliminated.
- Teams that didn't make the playoffs are ordered by their regular season W/L record.
- The tiebreaker for teams with identical records is the Strength of Schedule or Opponent W/L record. For the draft order, the lower SOS results in an earlier pick.
- If the SOS does not resolve a tie, a division or conference tiebreaker is used. If that fails as well, draft order is determined by a coin toss during the combine.