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2014 NFL Draft order: Buccaneers No. 1, sort of

Despite the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all winning in Week 10, the top three picks in the 2014 NFL Draft order remain the same from last week.

With the Jaguars and Buccaneers battling for the top pick – and presumably the rights to Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater – it brings up a philosophical conundrum. Well, at least one for people who put together draft order posts.


The Buccaneers currently have the top pick if you put together a draft order based solely on games played. The first tiebreaker for teams with the same record is strength of schedule. But if you consider the rest of the season, the Jaguars would have the top pick. Bucs Nation, SB Nation's Buccaneers site, always has full season strength of schedule.

So why go with strength of schedule just for games played? Because any draft order during the season is little more than a big hypothetical. No team is going to finish the season 1-8. But if there was some cataclysmic event where the NFL season ended, and the draft still takes place next May, below is the order.

After the strength of schedule tiebreaker, it's by division record if those teams are in the same division. The final tiebreaker is conference record, if only those teams are in the same conference. The last tiebreaker is a coin flip at the NFL Scouting Combine.

If the season were to end right now, the Browns and Titans would be flipping a coin at the NFL Scouting Combine because the two teams have the same strength of schedule and conference record.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1-8 (.602 SOS)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - 1-8 (.639)
3. Minnesota Vikings - 2-7 (.488)
4. Atlanta Falcons - 2-7 (.578)
5. Houston Texans - 2-7 (.614)
6. Buffalo Bills - 3-7 (.604)
7. Pittsburgh Steelers - 3-6 (.470)
8. Oakland Raiders - 3-6 (.512)
9. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - 3-6 (.518)
10. New York Giants - 3-6 (.571)
11. St. Louis Rams - 4-6 (.500)
12. San Diego Chargers - 4-5 (.446)
13. Baltimore Ravens - 4-5 (.470)
14. Miami Dolphins - 4-5 (.482)
15 or 16. Cleveland Browns - 4-5 (.518)
15 or 16. Tennessee Titans - 4-5 (.518)
17. Philadelphia Eagles - 5-5 (.484)
18. Green Bay Packers - 5-4 (.494)
19. Chicago Bears - 5-4 (.500)
20. Arizona Cardinals - 5-4 (.518)

Teams currently on pace to make the playoffs where elimination will determine the proper order:

21. New York Jets - 5-4 (.482)
22. Dallas Cowboys - 5-5 (.554)
23. Cincinnati Bengals - 6-4 (.527)
24. Carolina Panthers - 6-3 (.417)
25. Detroit Lions - 6-3 (.482)
26. San Francisco 49ers - 6-3 (.506)
27. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) - 6-3 (.527)
28. New England Patriots - 7-2 (.391)
29. New Orleans Saints - 7-2 (.446)
30. Denver Broncos - 8-1 (.378)
31. Seattle Seahawks - 9-1 (.378)
32. Kansas City Chiefs - 9-0 (.357)

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This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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