Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The silver lining on nine losses in the last ten games for the Philadelphia Eagles is that they would currently draft No. 4 in the 2013 NFL Draft, although there's little chance that they could get the top spot.
The Philadelphia Eagles are in line to get the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft, and with a pair of playoff hopefuls left on their upcoming schedule, they aren't likely to drop much.
At 4-10, Philadelphia is one of three teams tied for the second-worst record. The Eagles are still in play for the top pick, as there are two teams currently at 2-12, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, but they'd have to win their final two games of the season coupled with Eagles losses for either to finish with a record as good as the Eagles'.
Fans will be conflicted about whether the team should win any games down the stretch, but a single win could be very detrimental for the Eagles when it comes to draft order. There are six teams tied at 5-9, and with a strong strength of schedule coming up, Philly could fall towards the bottom of that list in the selection order if they earn a win.
Here's a look at the top half of the draft order if the season ended today, as provided by Mocking the Draft:
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)
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 6-8 (.469 SOS)
13. Miami Dolphins - 6-8 (.500 SOS)
14. New York Jets - 6-8 (.526 SOS)
15. New Orleans Saints - 6-8 (.528 SOS)
16. St. Louis Rams - 6-7-1 (.536 SOS)
There is obviously a lot for the Eagles to look for in the NFL draft if they want to turn things around next year: the offensive line has been makeshift and the defense has been suspect, especially in the secondary. The Eagles have young talent at quarterback in Nick Foles as well as Michael Vick, but after this season, its unclear whether either is likely to lead Philadelphia to a winning season in the future.