With their loss to the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings were not only eliminated from post-season contention, but they also slightly improved their position in the race for the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Vikings would hold the 4th overall pick if the season ended today. That's a two-spot jump from where they were after Week 13.
The first overall pick still belongs to the NFL's lone two-win team, the Houston Texans. As things stand now, the #2 overall pick would go to the St. Louis Rams, courtesy of the Washington Redskins, while the Atlanta Falcons would pick at #3.
According to the folks at the mothership, had the Vikings lost their second match-up with the Green Bay Packers, rather than tying, they would be sitting at #3 overall in the draft order. Had they won that game, they would be at #7. However, because of that tie, they sit in sole possession of the #4 pick at this point in time.
The top ten, as it stands right now, looks like this:
1) Houston Texans (2-11, .553 opponent win-loss percentage)
2) St. Louis Rams (3-10, .514, pick comes from Washington Redskins)
3) Atlanta Falcons (3-10, .555)
4) Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1, .524)
5) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9, .490)
6) Cleveland Browns (4-9, .514)
7) Oakland Raiders (4-9, .514)
8) Buffalo Bills (4-9, .534)
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9, .572)
10) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8, .481)
As always, this information comes from the Great Blue North Draft Report.