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2011 NFL Draft Order: Detroit Lions Will Pick 13th Or 14th

The 2011 NFL Draft order is nearly set. There is only one game left on the NFL schedule, which is the NFC West showdown between the Seahawks and Rams. The winner of the game will go to the playoffs, and believe it or not, the loser could end up picking ahead of the Detroit Lions. A game between teams playing for a division title usually doesn't have an effect on the Lions' slot in the draft order, but that is the case this year.

If the Seattle Seahawks win tonight against the St. Louis Rams, the Lions will pick 13th in the 2011 NFL Draft. If St. Louis wins, however, the Lions will pick 14th. The Seahawks would have a 6-10 record (the same as the Lions' record) with a loss, and because Detroit's strength of schedule is higher, Seattle would pick before them, pushing the Lions down a spot to 14th.

After the jump is a look at the 2011 NFL Draft order scenarios.

If St. Louis beats Seattle:

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

*Subject to change based on playoffs

If Seattle beats St. Louis:

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

*Subject to change based on playoffs