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2017 NFL Draft Order: When Will The Vikings Select?

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The order for the 2017 NFL Draft has been set. Where will the Vikings be picking?

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The selection order for the 2017 NFL Draft has been set. At least, the first 20 selections have been. We know that the Minnesota Vikings won’t be selecting in the first round, barring a trade, but we can still look at where they might be selecting after that.

Here is the selection order for the first 20 picks of the 2017 NFL Draft with records and strength of schedule tiebreakers:

  1. Cleveland Browns (1-15, .549)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14, .504)
  3. Chicago Bears (3-13, .522)
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13, .528)
  5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams, 4-12, .506)
  6. New York Jets (5-11, .518)
  7. San Diego Chargers (5-11, .543)
  8. Carolina Panthers (6-10, .518)
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1, .521)
  10. Buffalo Bills (7-9, .482)
  11. New Orleans Saints (7-9, .525)
  12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles, 7-9, .559)
  13. Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1, .463)
  14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings, 8-8, .492)
  15. Indianapolis Colts (8-8, .492)
  16. Baltimore Ravens (8-8, .498)
  17. Washington Redskins (8-7-1, .516)
  18. Tennessee Titans (9-7, .465)
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7, .492)
  20. Denver Broncos (9-7, .549)

The 14th and 15th picks will be determined by a coin flip, as the Vikings and the Colts finished with the same record and the same strength of schedule. That coin flip will take place at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

That will also determine when Minnesota will pick in the second and third rounds of this year’s draft. As the Vikings, Colts, and Ravens all finished with 8-8 records, they will rotate their pick position in every subsequent round. This means the positioning of the Vikings’ first-round choice (that they’re sending to Philadelphia) will determine where they pick in Round 2 and Round 3.

If the Vikings "win" the coin flip and their first-round pick winds up being #14, the rotation would look like this:


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
#14 Minnesota (Philadelphia) Indianapolis Baltimore
#15 Indianapolis Baltimore Minnesota
#16 Baltimore Minnesota Indianapolis

This means that Minnesota would have the #48 (second round) and #79 (third round) overall selections.

If the Vikings lose the coin toss and their first round pick winds up being #15, the rotation would look like this:

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
#14 Indianapolis Minnesota Baltimore
#15 Minnesota (Philadelphia) Baltimore Indianapolis
#16 Baltimore Indianapolis Minnesota

This means that the Vikings would have the #46 (second round) and #80 (third round) overall selections.

It's only going to make a difference of one pick in either direction in the second or third rounds, but you never know what's going to happen on draft night, as we've seen in the past.

That's a quick look at a part of what the Vikings can start looking forward to on draft night. . .and, hey, the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is just 115 days away. Hooray!