Detroit Lions fans are used to two things: disappointing seasons and high draft picks. The 2014 NFL Draft order is tentatively set with the conclusion of the regular season and Lions fans got both items on that list.
A playoff appearance would have meant a first round draft pick no higher than 21st. Instead, the Lions got themselves back into the top ten by not only going 7-9, but doing so against a weaker schedule than any of the other three 7-9 teams. The Titans, Giants and Rams also finished 7-9 but had a higher strength of schedule, giving the Lions the tie-breaker “win”, so to speak.
While the first 20 picks are set in stone (with the exception of the Ravens and Cowboys who will have picks 16 and 17 in an order to be determined by a coin flip), picks 21-32 are subject to change based on playoff results. The Super Bowl Champions will pick 32nd, the runner-up 31st, Conference Championship Game losers 30th and 29th and so on.
Here is what the draft order looks like heading into the playoffs:
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4-12||.250||.574|
|12||New York Giants||7-9||.438||.520|
|13||St. Louis Rams||7-9||.438||.551|
|18||New York Jets||8-8||.500||.488|
|21||Green Bay Packers*||8-7-1||.531||.453|
|22||San Diego Chargers*||9-7||.563||.496|
|24||Kansas City Chiefs*||11-5||.688||.445|
|27||New Orleans Saints*||11-5||.688||.516|
|28||New England Patriots*||12-4||.750||.473|
|29||San Francisco 49ers*||12-4||.750||.494|
#Subject to coin flip
*Subject to playoff results