2012 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions to Pick Outside Top-20 for First Time Since 1994


It’s been a long time since the Lions last earned a draft pick outside of the top twenty. How long? Try 18 years.

The Lions have held the 20th pick or better every year since taking Johnnie Morton with the 21st pick in 1994. That will change this year as the Lions are guaranteed to pick no earlier than 21st since the first 20 draft positions are filled by non-playoff teams. Playoff teams that lose in the Wild Card round will be assigned picks 21-24 based on regular season record and strength of schedule. Teams that lose in the divisional round will pick in the 25-28 range while conference runner-ups will get picks 29 and 30. The Super Bowl champion will pick 32nd with the loser picking 31st.

The top twenty looks like this:

1. Indianapolis Colts
2. St. Louis Rams
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Tampa Bay Bucs
6. Washington Redskins
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Carolina Panthers*
9. Miami Dolphins*
10. Buffalo Bills
11. Kansas City Chiefs*
12. Seattle Seahawks*
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Dallas Cowboys
15. Philadelphia Eagles
16. New York Jets
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders)
18. San Diego Chargers
19. Chicago Bears
20. Tennessee Titans

*Subject to coin flip

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