Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the Lions would be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. At the very least, it appeared that they would have a top five pick considering their record was a dismal 2-10.â†µ
After winning three straight games, the Lions now have a record of 5-10 and have moved down quite a bit in the updated 2011 NFL Draft order. If the season ended today, the Lions would pick ninth, which would be their lowest such pick since the 2008 NFL Draft. That year the Lions controlled the No. 15 pick of the first round. After trading down a couple spots, they actually didn't make a selection until taking Gosder Cherilus with the 17th overall pick.â†µ
Right now there are seven total teams with five wins, including the Lions. This means that depending on how the tiebreakers shake out and how teams do in the final week of the season, there is a pretty big range as far as where the Lions will pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. If Detroit wins on Sunday against Minnesota to pick up its sixth win of the season, it's possible they won't even have a top 10 pick, which would be pretty unusual considering how often the Lions are on the clock in the top five picks of the draft.