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2019 NFL Draft order: Detroit Lions jump a few spots after loss to Bills

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The silver lining is strong this week.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

With their 14-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions are now just 5-9 on the season. There are currently only five teams with a worse record than the Lions, and that means Detroit is headed towards a pretty nice draft pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

At the moment, the Lions are slotted to pick seventh overall. Here’s the top-10 draft order according to Tankathon.com. (Note: This site uses the strength of schedule for the entire 17 week schedule, not just the games that have been played).

  1. Cardinals: 3-11 (.522 strength of schedule)
  2. Raiders: 3-11 (.562)
  3. Jets: 4-10 (.502)
  4. 49ers: 4-10 (.504)
  5. Jaguars: 4-10 (.551)
  6. Falcons: 5-9 (.493)
  7. Lions: 5-9 (.498)
  8. Giants: 5-9 (.518)
  9. Buccaneers: 5-9 (.518)
  10. Bills: 5-9 (.522)

As you can see, the Lions jumped the Bills after losing to them on Sunday, but the race remains pretty darn close. Those strength of schedules are even enough that they could flip depending on the outcomes of the final two weeks.

The Lions have the Vikings and Packers remaining on the schedule, and those could easily be two losses, considering Minnesota has the Eagles and Washington hot on its trail for the final Wild Card spot and it’s never easy to win in Lambeau. But will they be able to catch anyone ahead of them in draft order? Let’s take a look at the schedules of notable teams.

Jets: vs. Packers, @ Patriots
49ers: vs. Bears, @ Rams
Jaguars: @ Dolphins, @ Texans
Falcons: @ Panthers, @ Buccaneers
Giants: @ Colts, vs. Cowboys
Buccaneers: @ Cowboys, vs. Falcons
Bills: @Patriots, vs. Dolphins

It doesn’t seem very likely that the Jets or 49ers win another game, but it’s possible for the Jaguars and Falcons to notch another victory before the season is through. As for the teams below Detroit, there’s probably only one win or two left on the schedule between those three teams.

And in case you were wondering, the Eagles—who traded their third-round pick to the Lions—are currently 18th in draft order after their big Sunday night win over the Rams.

Overall, it seems like the Lions are currently around where they’ll be in the final draft order. A top-five pick seems unlikely, but unless Detroit wins both remaining games, I doubt they’ll drop out of the top 10. In other words, prepare for the Lions’ highest draft pick since they picked Ezekiel Ansah fifth overall in 2013.