2013 NFL Draft Order: Detroit Lions Now in Top Five

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2012 NFL regular season approaches its conclusion, the 2013 draft order comes into focus. With just two weeks remaining, the Detroit Lions’ six-game losing streak has them cracking the top five in the draft order as it stands after week 15.

Here is how the first round would go if the 2013 NFL Draft was held today:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-12)
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)
  3. Oakland Raiders (4-10)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10)
  5. Detroit Lions (4-10)
  6. San Diego Chargers (5-9)
  7. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
  8. Cleveland Browns (5-9)
  9. Carolina Panthers (5-9)
  10. Tennessee Titans (5-9)
  11. Arizona Cardinals (5-9)
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8)
  13. Miami Dolphins(6-8)
  14. New York Jets (6-8)
  15. New Orleans Saints (6-8)
  16. St. Louis Rams (6-7-1)
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)
  18. Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
  19. Chicago Bears (8-6)
  20. New York Giants (8-6)
  21. Cincinnati Bengals* (8-6)
  22. St. Louis Rams – from Washington* (8-6)
  23. Minnesota Vikings* (8-6)
  24. Indianapolis Colts* (9-5)
  25. Baltimore Ravens* (9-5)
  26. Seattle Seahawks* (9-5)
  27. Green Bay Packers* (10-4)
  28. New England Patriots* (10-4)
  29. San Francisco 49ers* (10-3-1)
  30. Denver Broncos* (11-3)
  31. Atlanta Falcons* (12-2)
  32. Houston Texans* (12-2)

*Final order to be determined by playoff results

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That puts the Lions in position to pick early in not only the first round but subsequent rounds as well. The Lions’ currently hold just their own picks in the following rounds:

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7

The Lions’ fourth round pick is held by the Minnesota Vikings thanks to last year’s draft day trade that allowed the Lions to get an additional pick in the fifth round to select linebacker Tahir Whitehead.

Compensatory picks will be announced in late March with the Lions expected to get one as a result of losing Eric Wright as a free agent. That pick is likely to be at the end of the fourth or fifth round.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions

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