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It's official: Vikings to pick 12th

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Super Bowl, Vikings draft Updated: January 3, 2011 - 11:48 AM

The NFL released its first-round draft order today. The Vikings will select 12th on April 28. The draft again will begin in primetime, with the second and third rounds on April 29 and Rounds 4-7 on April 30. Here is the order.

1. Carolina (2-14)

2. Denver (4-12)

3. Buffalo (4-12)

4. Cincinnati (4-12)

5. Arizona (5-11)

6. Cleveland (5-11)

7. San Francisco (6-10)

8. Tennessee (6-10)

9. Dallas (6-10)

10. Washington (6-10)

11. Houston (6-10)

12. Vikings (6-10)

13. Detroit (6-10)

14. St. Louis (7-9)

15. Miami (7-9)

16. Jacksonville (8-8)

17. Oakland (8-8)

18. San Diego (9-7)

19. N.Y. Giants (10-6)

20. Tampa Bay (10-6)

21. Seattle (7-9)

22. Kansas City (10-6)

23. Indianapolis (10-6)

24. Philadelphia (10-6)

25. Green Bay (10-6)

26. New Orleans (11-5)

27. Chicago (11-5)

28. N.Y. Jets (11-5)

29. Baltimore (12-4)

30. Pittsburgh (12-4)

31. Atlanta (13-3)

32. New England (14-2)

Here are some important notes from the NFL on the matter.

(A)       The winner of the Super Bowl will select last and the other Super Bowl participant next-to-last, regardless of their regular-season record. (Teams from Seattle and below are in the postseason.)
 
(B)       The Championship Game participants not advancing to the Super Bowl will select 29th and 30th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
 
(C)       The Divisional Playoff participants not advancing to the Championship Games will select 25th through 28th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
 
(D)       The Wild Card participants not advancing to the Divisional Playoffs will select 21st through 24th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
 
(E)       Non-playoff clubs will select first through 20th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
 
If ties exist in any grouping except (A) above, they will be broken by strength of schedule (i.e., figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club’s regular-season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club which faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage).
 
If ties still exist after applying the strength of schedule tiebreaker, the divisional or conference tiebreakers are applied, if applicable.  If the divisional or conference tiebreakers are not applicable, ties will be broken by a coin flip.

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