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2012 NFL Draft Order (Updated December 19th)

Continuing from previous posts, this is the current 2012 NFL draft order. This of course will vary slightly game by game for each team because of the strength of schedule tiebreakers, and I will not include any divisional standing/playoff consideration as those will change--all non-playoff teams constitute the top 20 picks, regardless of record--- but this is the updated current NFL draft order for 2012:

  1. Indianapolis Colts (1-13; SOS of .541)
  2. St. Louis Rams (2-12; SOS of .566)
  3. Minnesota Vikings (2-12; SOS of .587)
  4. Cleveland Browns (4-10; SOS of .495)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10; SOS of .531)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10; SOS of .551)
  7. Washington Redskins (5-9; SOS of .495) This pick is currently a coin flip between Washington & Miami
  8. Miami Dolphins (5-9; SOS of .495)
  9. Buffalo Bills (5-9; SOS of .500) This pick is currently a coin flip between Buffalo & Carolina
  10. Carolina Panthers (5-9; SOS of .500)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles (6-8; SOS of .505)
  12. Kansas City Chiefs (6-8; SOS of .510)
  13. Arizona Cardinals (7-7; SOS of .459) This pick is currently a coin flip between Arizona & Tennessee
  14. Tennessee Titans (7-7; SOS of .459)
  15. Seattle Seahawks (7-7; SOS of .490)
  16. San Diego Chargers (7-7; SOS of .510)
  17. New York Giants (7-7; SOS of .520)
  18. Chicago Bears (7-7; SOS of .526) This pick is currently a coin flip between Chicago & Oakland
  19. Oakland Raiders (7-7; SOS of .526) Traded to Cincinnati Bengals (Carson Palmer trade)
  20. Dallas Cowboys (8-6; SOS of .469)
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6; SOS of .474)
  22. New York Jets (8-6; SOS of .500)
  23. Denver Broncos (8-6; SOS of .531)
  24. Atlanta Falcons (9-5; SOS of .464) Traded to Cleveland Browns (Julius Jones trade)
  25. Detroit Lions (9-5; SOS of .510)
  26. Houston Texans (10-4; SOS of .454)
  27. Baltimore Ravens (10-4; SOS of .490)
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4; SOS of .531)
  29. New Orleans Saints (11-3; SOS of .429) Traded to New England Patriots (Mark Ingram trade)
  30. New England Patriots (11-3; SOS of .464)
  31. San Francisco 49ers (11-3; SOS of .480)
  32. Green Bay Packers (13-1; SOS of .439)

As for the Vikings' draft position/Strength of Schedule battle with St. Louis, it stands as:

Minnesota Vikings current opponents' strength of schedule: 115-81; SOS of .587

St. Louis Rams' current opponents' strength of schedule: 111-85; SOS of .566

Factoring in remaining schedules:

St. Louis Rams: Pittsburgh (10-4), San Francisco (11-3)

Minnesota Vikings: Washington (5-9), Chicago (7-7)

So when those are factored in we get:

Minnesota Vikings' current opponents' strength of schedule including remaining games: 127-97; SOS of .567

St. Louis Rams' current opponents' strength of schedule including remaining games: 132-92; SOS of .589

Keep in mind that if they tie in overall strength of schedule, the next tiebreaker is conference record, and the Vikings are currently 2-8 with the Rams being 1-10. We likely lose that tiebreaker. It's going to be really, really close, folks, but the Vikings did well this week in the SOS tiebreaker with the Rams. As a reminder of what to be watching for: Uncommon games on our schedules:

St. Louis: Philadelphia, New York Giants, Dallas, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Seattle (2x), Arizona, San Francisco (2x)

Minnesota: Carolina, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Kansas City, San Diego, Oakland, Denver, Chicago (2x), Detroit (2x), Green Bay

So again, we should be rooting for the teams of the NFC East, AFC North, and NFC West, and against the teams of the NFC South, the AFC West, and the NFC North if we want the #2 pick. And of course rooting for St. Louis and Indianapolis.

I will continue to update this order throughout the season (including playoffs).

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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