Jan 11, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski (center) walks off the stage after his introductory press conference with owner Jimmy Haslam III (right) and chief executive officer Joe Banner at the team

Up to Date NFL Draft Order & Browns' Hope

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Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts to a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the results in from last week, and Thursday Night’s game tomorrow night, we look at the updated draft order and what it means for our Browns. First below you will find the updated draft order from CBS Sports.

1 Houston Texans 2 11 0.538
2 St. Louis Rams (WAS) 3 10 0.544
3 Atlanta Falcons 3 10 0.559
4 Minnesota Vikings 3 9 1 0.503
5 Oakland Raiders 4 9 0.473
6 Jacksonville Jaguars 4 9 0.503
7 Cleveland Browns 4 9 0.527
8 Buffalo Bills 4 9 0.533
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 9 0.562
10 Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 0.476
11 Tennessee Titans 5 8 0.527
12 St. Louis Rams 5 8 0.533
13 New York Giants 5 8 0.533
14 New York Jets 6 7 0.485
15 San Diego Chargers 6 7 0.491
16 Green Bay Packers 6 6 1 0.450
17 Baltimore Ravens 7 6 0.438
18 Chicago Bears 7 6 0.464
19 Detroit Lions 7 6 0.464
20 Dallas Cowboys 7 6 0.500
21 Miami Dolphins 7 6 0.500
22 Philadelphia Eagles 8 5 0.470
23 Arizona Cardinals 8 5 0.503
24 Cleveland Browns (IND) 8 5 0.509
25 Cincinnati Bengals 9 4 0.482
26 Carolina Panthers 9 4 0.494
27 San Francisco 49ers 9 4 0.518
28 Kansas City Cheifs 10 3 0.438
29 New England Patriots 10 3 0.473
30 New Orleans Saints 10 3 0.521
31 Seattle Seahawks 11 2 0.470
32 Denver Broncos 11 2 0.515

For the Browns, with the Colts making the playoffs, their second 1st round pick won’t be decided till the results of the playoffs. The sooner that the Colts lose the better off for the Browns. Browns fans should still root against the Colts as the teams who lose in the same round as the Colts will then be compared based on overall record.

Since Strength of Schedule incorporates so many teams we will not analyze that here, instead focusing clearly on records and the teams drafting before the Browns. The Falcons and Redskins play each other this week, and barring something highly unlikely (like a tie), one will have another win bringing them to 4 – 10, the other dropping to  4 – 11. The Vikings play NFC East leader Philadelphia Eagles in a tough game but this week may be the most winnable game on their remaining schedule. The Jaguars play the Bills which will move one of them to 5 wins as well. The Raiders play the tough, Wild Card leading Kansas City Chiefs with the Raiders most winnable game the following week against the Chargers, unless the Broncos sit their stars in Week 17.

With a loss this week, to the thriving Chicago Bears and reasonable expectations of the above games the Browns will be drafting at least 5th at the end of this week. With a little luck the Browns could be drafting 3rd with 2 weeks to go. With a little, lot, of luck and Browns losses the Browns could be looking at the #2 draft spot in the upcoming draft. The #1 pick seems sowed up by the Texans unless they rally around interim coach Wade Phillips. The #2 pick most likely means the Browns won’t need to use other assets to move up for the player they want. In fact its possible they are willing to move down from that position, similar to the St. Louis Rams trading down with the Redskins for RG3. Gathering assets could be huge for a team, as SI said in their recent Power Rankings:

Why is Cleveland up five spots after a brutal loss to the Patriots? Because this is a 7-9 or 8-8 team trapped in the Browns’ uniforms.

 

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