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2020 NFL Draft order: Detroit Lions break into the top 5

The Lions could potentially contend for a top-3 pick.

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

With the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday—their ninth loss in 10 games—Detroit is now lined up to get a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. With only three games remaining, the Lions’ 3-9-1 record is the fifth-worst record in the entire NFL, and Detroit could climb even higher before the season is done.

Here’s a current look at the top-10 NFL Draft order through 14 weeks in the NFL (“Monday Night Football” game still pending):

(Note: Tiebreakers are determined by strength of schedule. We’re using Tankathon’s numbers, which incorporate each team’s full 16-game schedule, whereas some other methods only use the strength of schedule for games played.)

  1. Bengals: 1-12
  2. Giants: 2-10
  3. Washington: 3-10
  4. Dolphins: 3-10
  5. Lions: 3-9-1
  6. Cardinals: 3-9-1
  7. Jaguars: 4-9
  8. Falcons: 4-9
  9. Jets: 5-8
  10. Chargers: 5-8

Note: Giants play the Eagles on Monday

The Lions didn’t get a ton of help in Week 14. Of the nine other teams in the top 10, only three won (Falcons, Jets and Chargers). Of those three, only one—the Falcons—entered the week higher than the Lions in draft order. As a result, the Lions jumped just one spot.

The first overall pick is highly unlikely at this point. The Lions would have to lose out and the Bengals would have to win out. However, the Lions could get a crack at any other position in the top five. Check out the remaining schedules for the teams currently in the 2-5 positions.

Giants

  • at Eagles (5-7)
  • vs. Dolphins (3-10)
  • at Washington (3-10)
  • vs. Eagles (5-7)

Washington

  • vs. Eagles (5-7)
  • vs. Giants (2-10)
  • at Cowboys (6-7)

Dolphins

  • at Giants (2-10)
  • vs. Bengals (1-12)
  • at Patriots (10-3)

Cardinals

Lions

Every team but the Cardinals face at least two teams with losing records, meaning a lot can change. The Dolphins and Giants play each other. As do the Giants and Washington. A couple of those teams are going to pick up wins. So if the Lions continue to lose out, it’s all but guaranteed they jump at least a spot or two.

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