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2020 NFL Draft order: Detroit Lions currently hold 11th pick

Oh god, we’re really doing this already.

NFL: APR 25 2019 NFL Draft Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the latest loss to the Chicago Bears, even the most optimistic Detroit Lions fans are starting to turn their focus to 2020. The Lions are 3-5-1, well behind the 8-2 Green Bay Packers and 7-3 Minnesota Vikings. They’re 0-3 in divisional play and only three teams in the NFC have fewer wins.

And while I absolutely hate draft talk in November, it’s time to face reality. The Lions are not making the playoffs this year, which means it’s time to start thinking about where they will be picking in April’s 2020 NFL Draft.

“Monday Night Football” is being played by a 7-2 Seahawks team and an 8-0 49ers team, so the draft order will not be impacted by that game. Therefore, through 10 weeks in the 2019 NFL season, here is where the draft order currently stands for the bottom 15 teams.

(Note: Tiebreakers are determined by strength of schedule. The easier the schedule the higher the draft pick. Strength of schedule is calculated by Tankathon.com and uses the entire 16-game schedule, not just the games played.)

  1. Bengals: 0-9
  2. Washington: 1-8
  3. Giants: 2-8
  4. Dolphins: 2-7
  5. Jets: 2-7
  6. Falcons: 2-7
  7. Browns: 3-6
  8. Buccaneers: 3-6
  9. Broncos: 3-6
  10. Cardinals: 3-6-1
  11. Lions: 3-5-1
  12. Chargers: 4-6
  13. Jaguars: 4-5
  14. Bears (pick belongs to Raiders): 4-5
  15. Titans: 5-5

Week 10 was actually quite favorable to the Lions in terms of draft order. While they didn’t jump many spots from last week, they did gain ground on a lot of really bad teams. The Jets, Dolphins and Falcons all picked up their second win of the season. The Browns and Buccaneers got their third wins, and the Bears, obviously, got their fourth.

To give you an idea of what kind of player the Lions could get at 11th overall, here are the last 10 picks at that draft position:

2019: OT Jonah Williams
2018: S Minkah Fitzpatrick
2017: CB Marshon Lattimore
2016: CB Vernon Hargreaves
2015: CB Trae Waynes
2014: OT Taylor Lewan
2013: OT D.J. Fluker
2012: DT Dontari Poe
2011: DE J.J. Watt
2010: OT Anthony Davis

So 11th seems like the sweet spot for an offensive tackle or a defensive back. Detroit may be in the market for both, as the future of their current starting offensive tackles are certainly hanging in the balance, while the Lions don’t have any long-term players at cornerback, aside from the recently-signed Justin Coleman. Or if the Lions could just grab the next J.J. Watt, that would be fine, too.