If we had told you at the beginning of the season that Kyle Orton would end up playing a role in the Baltimore Ravens’ future, would you have believed us?
Okay, we’re stretching a bit-but the outcome of Sunday night’s de facto NFC East Championship Game did end up impacting the Ravens moving towards the NFL Draft.
The Ravens and Cowboys were among six NFL teams that finished the season with 8-8 records. NFL Draft Order tiebreakers are determined by weakest strength of schedule, which handed the Chicago Bears the 14th pick in the Draft and the Pittsburgh Steelers the 15th pick. The Ravens’ 2013 Strength of Schedule was .484, matching the Dallas Cowboys.
Therefore, the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will be part of a coin flip to determine who will get that #16 pick. Coin flips are traditionally held in February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The loser of the coin flip will receive the #17 pick in the Draft.
And you thought that the drama of the 2013 season was over in Charm City.
Here is a rundown of the Top 20 picks in the NFL Draft, courtesy of NFL.com. The remaining 12 spots will be determined during the course of the NFL Playoffs.
|1||Houston Texans||2||14||0.559 SOS|
|2||St. Louis Rams (WAS)||3||13||0.516|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||12||0.574|
|12||New York Giants||7||9||0.520|
|13||St. Louis Rams||7||9||0.551|
|18||New York Jets||8||8||0.488|
*Draft spot to be determined by coin flip.