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January 3, 2011 9:15 AM

Teams in Need of a Little Luck (NFL Draft Order)

NFL Draft logo.jpgThe Panthers had already secured the top pick but made sure to lay claim to being the worst team in the NFL with their 31-10 loss to the Falcons. On top of the loss, there are now reports that Andrew Luck is leaning towards returning to Stanford. But there are also reports that his coach, Jim Harbaugh, is leaning towards going to Michigan and if that happens who really thinks Luck will stick around?

In the final week draft order got shaken a bit. If the Seahawks had lost to the Rams, they would've gotten the eighth pick in the draft. Instead, they get to host a home playoff game next weekend. Talk about a big win.


1. Carolina Panthers (2-15)

Last week: #1 - Panthers lost 31-10 to the Falcons and finished 2 games worse than the next worse team.

2. Denver Broncos (4-12)

Last week: #2 - Broncos hold on to the 2 spot after losing to the Chargers. Tebow provided a little excitement at the end but the Broncos couldn't overcome a 26-7 deficit.

3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)

Last week: #4 - Bills got killed by the second-string Jets, 38-7 to prove they're worthy of the third pick. They BARELY sneaked ahead of the Bengals on strength of schedule with the Bengals having a strength of schedule of .582 and the Bills finishing with a .578 strength of schedule.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)

Last week: #3 - Were extremely close to picking up a fifth win and it would've only moved them down 2 spots to the sixth pick. But Carson Palmer threw an awful screen pass way over his receiver's head on fourth and goal. Ravens won, 13-7.

5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)

Last week: #5 - Cardinals got crushed, 38-7 by division foe, the 49ers. Can you believe Matt Leinart wasn't considered good enough to play with the likes of Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Richard Bartel?

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)

Last week: #10 - The Browns move all the way up to the sixth spot after getting manhandled by the Steelers, 41-9. A win would've dropped them all the way down to 13th.

7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

Last week: #6 - Because of strength of schedule, the 49ers drop just one spot despite picking up their sixth win.

8. Tennessee Titans

Last week: Outside of the top 10 - Titans sneak in having dropped 8 of their last 9 games. That kind of futility might end Fisher's 17-year tenure with the Titans organization.

9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

Last week: #7 - The Cowboys improved to 5-3 under Jason Garrett after beating the Eagles, 14-13. Just a guess, but I bet they draft a defensive player...

10. Washington Redskins

Last week: Outside the top 10 - The Redskins just barely missed out on the ninth pick, having a strength of schedule .004 tougher than that of the Cowboys. Redskins fell to the Giants, 17-14.

11. Houston Texans (6-10)

Last week: #8 - The Texans ended the Jaguars' playoff hopes by running all over them. Arian Foster laid claim to the rushing title with 180 yards and 2 touchdowns in this finale. Despite another disappointing season, the rumor is that Gary Kubiak will get another chance next season.

12. Minnesota Vikings  (6-10)

Fell to the Lions, 20-13. What a disappointing season for an aging Vikings' team.

13. Detroit Lions (6-10)

Last week: #9 - Lions fall from ninth to 13th by winning their fourth consecutive game. This will be the team most will expect to surprise next season.

14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)

15. Miami  Dolphins (7-9)

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)

17. New England Patriots (14-2) from the Oakland Raiders (8-8) - As if the Patriots needed more help.

18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)

19. New York Giants (10-6)

20. Tampa Bay Bucanneers (10-6)

Rest of the order will be determined by the playoffs.

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