NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Thanks to the Eagles win over the Redskins and the Cowboys loss to the Giants, Philadelphia finished the year in second place in the NFC East and will pick at #15 in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Thanks to the Eagles win over the Redskins and the Cowboys loss to the Giants, Philadelphia finished the year in second place in the NFC East and will pick at #15 in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Cowboys fall to third in the division and by virtue of a slightly weaker strength of schedule will pick one slot ahead of the Eagles at #14.
The Eagles were one of seven teams to finish at 8-8, so strength of schedule decided the difference between pick #13 and pick #19. The Cardinals "won" that race with the weakest schedule having played in the poor NFC West. The Eagles and Cowboys also benefited from playing playing the NFC West as well as their own mediocre division schedule. The big loser was the Bears, who dropped to #19 thanks to having played the Packers and Lions twice as well as the Falcons and Saints of the NFC South.
That said, perhaps the biggest loser was the Tennessee Titans, who won their final game against Houston but was eliminated from the playoffs anyway. Had they lost that game, they would have picked at #13. Instead, they win what ends up being a meaningless game and fell to the #20 slot.
Here is the full confirmed draft order for the non playoff teams.
8. Panthers *
9. Dolphins *
11. Chiefs *
12. Seahawks *
* These teams have identical records and strength of schedule, so their order will be determined by a coin flip.