There weren't many real positives to take from the Detroit Lions' loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. It was an ugly, ugly performance by the Lions, and it was a downright embarrassing loss. There is a silver lining if you want to look at the game with a glass-half-full perspective, though. With the Cardinals picking up a win and the Lions picking up yet another loss, the Lions improved their draft position enough to move into the top five. Check out the top 11 of the current 2013 NFL Draft order (via SB Nation):
1. Kansas City Chiefs - 2-12 (.469 SOS)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - 2-12 (.541 SOS)
3. Oakland Raiders - 4-10 (.469 SOS)
4. Philadelphia Eagles - 4-10 (.505 SOS)
5. Detroit Lions - 4-10 (.546 SOS)
6. San Diego Chargers - 5-9 (.474 SOS)
7. Cleveland Browns - 5-9 (.480 SOS)
8. Buffalo Bills - 5-9 (.500 SOS)
9. Tennessee Titans - 5-9 (.526 SOS)
10. Carolina Panthers - 5-9 (.536 SOS)
11. Arizona Cardinals - 5-9 (.543 SOS)
If the season ended today, the Lions would hold the fifth overall pick in the draft. This is both shocking and disappointing. It's shocking because I never expected the Lions to take this big of a step back, and it's disappointing that the Lions really have reverted to their old ways. I thought the days of top-five draft picks were over, but with two weeks left in the season, that's exactly where the Lions are.
Because of their strength of schedule, a single win could potentially move the Lions down in the order quite a bit. If they lose out, on the other hand, the Lions will be guaranteed a top-five pick. And should the Raiders or Eagles pick up a win, Detroit could move even closer to the top of the order.