2014 NFL Draft Order: Detroit Lions In Top Ten Again

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Ezekiel Ansah (BYU) is introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and Detroit Lions former player Barry Sanders (right) as the number five overall pick to the Detroit Lions during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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:

No. Team Rec. Pct. SOS
1 Houston Texans 2-14 .125 .559
2 Washington Redskins 3-13 .188 .516
3 Jacksonville Jaguars 4-12 .250 .504
4 Cleveland Browns 4-12 .250 .516
5 Oakland Raiders 4-12 .250 .523
6 Atlanta Falcons 4-12 .250 .553
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 .250 .574
8 Minnesota Vikings 5-10-1 .344 .512
9 Buffalo Bills 6-10 .375 .520
10 Detroit Lions 7-9 .438 .457
11 Tennessee Titans 7-9 .438 .504
12 New York Giants 7-9 .438 .520
13 St. Louis Rams 7-9 .438 .551
14 Chicago Bears 8-8 .500 .465
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8 .500 .469
16 Baltimore Ravens# 8-8 .500 .484
17 Dallas Cowboys# 8-8 .500 .484
18 New York Jets 8-8 .500 .488
19 Miami Dolphins 8-8 .500 .523
20 Arizona Cardinals 10-6 .625 .531
21 Green Bay Packers* 8-7-1 .531 .453
22 San Diego Chargers* 9-7 .563 .496
23 Philadelphia Eagles* 10-6 .625 .453
24 Kansas City Chiefs* 11-5 .688 .445
25 Cincinnati Bengals* 11-5 .688 .480
26 Indianapolis Colts* 11-5 .688 .484
27 New Orleans Saints* 11-5 .688 .516
28 New England Patriots* 12-4 .750 .473
29 San Francisco 49ers* 12-4 .750 .494
30 Carolina Panthers* 12-4 .750 .494
31 Denver Broncos* 13-3 .813 .469
32 Seattle Seahawks* 13-3 .813 .490

#Subject to coin flip
*Subject to playoff results

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions, Draft Order

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