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2014 NFL Draft Order (Week 11): Vikings move 'up' to second pick

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under NFL draft Updated: November 18, 2013 - 8:54 AM

With six games left, the Vikings are in the hunt. Perhaps not a hunt to be proud of, but there’s an incentive at the end of a season that currently stands at 2-8: the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars currently hold the league’s worst record at 1-9, but there’s a four-way tie for the second pick at the moment between the Vikings, Buccaneers, Texans and Falcons all at 2-8 to round out the top five. The Bucs defeated the Falcons, 41-28, on Sunday coupled with losses from the Vikings and Texans to create the four-way tie.

In an event of a tie in the standings, the first tiebreaker component is strength of schedule. The team with the lowest strength of schedule percentage wins the tiebreaker and rewarded the better draft selections. Here’s how the four teams fare in SOS.

Vikings: .530

Falcons: .556

Bucs: .570

Texans: .574

With that said, here’s the current NFL Draft order

  1. Jaguars
  2. Vikings
  3. Falcons
  4. Bucs
  5. Texans

The Vikings are in pretty good shape here, for now. If they end up in a tie with the Jaguars as well down the road, the Vikings win the tiebreaker against them as well. The Jaguars have the NFL’s best strength of schedule (.624).

Other than the Falcons, the other four teams in the top five have a dire need at quarterback, including the Vikings. Most draft pundits speak highly of the quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft, led by Oregon redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Johnny Manziel, if they opted to leave school early and declare for the draft.

Mariota went 19-of-26 for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-21 win over Utah. Bridgewater went 19-for-29 for 203 yards in a 20-13 victory over Houston. Manziel did not play Saturday due to a bye week.

Here’s how their season totals matchup:

Mariota: 183-285, 2,819 yards, 25 TDs, 0 INTs

Bridgewater: 219-309, 3,048 yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs

Manziel: 230-315, 3,313 yards, 31 TDs, 11 INTs

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