Despite the fact that the Minnesota Vikings won this weekend, angering many in the "HURR DURR LET'S TANK THE SEASON HURR DURR" crowd, it doesn't appear that the loss did too much damage to their standing as it pertains to the 2014 NFL Draft.
After their victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings fell one spot in the race for the top overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. If the season were to end today, the purple and gold would have the #4 overall selection.
The top two spots still belong to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively. Both of those teams won their games this past week to avoid an 0-16 season. (Apparently nobody told them that they're supposed to be tanking and what not.) The third spot is now occupied by the Atlanta Falcons, as they have the same 2-7 record as Minnesota (and the Houston Texans), but they have the weakest opponent's won-loss percentage of the three teams with that mark, so they get the highest pick. Remember, when it comes to that tie-breaker and the draft order, low number wins.
So, the top ten selections in the 2014 draft, as it stands today, look like this:
1) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8, .537 opponent W-L record)
2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8, .568)
3) Atlanta Falcons (2-7, .537)
4) Minnesota Vikings (2-7, .541)
5) Houston Texans (2-7, .555)
6) Buffalo Bills (3-7, .517)
7) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6, .490)
8) St. Louis Rams (3-6, .514, pick comes from Washington Redskins)
9) Oakland Raiders (3-6, .541)
10) New York Giants (3-6, .557)
As usual, these numbers come from the folks at the Great Blue North Draft Report.