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Selection order for 2009 NFL draft
Posted Jan. 22 at 12:23 AM
Below is the selection order for the first round of the 2009 draft.
2. St. Louis
3. Kansas City
9. Green Bay
10. San Francisco
14. New Orleans
16. San Diego
17. New York Jets
19. Tampa Bay
20. * Detroit (from Dallas)
23. New England
28. ** Philadelphia (from Carolina)
29. New York Giants
31. Super Bowl loser (Arizona or Pittsburgh)
32. Super Bowl winner (Arizona or Pittsburgh)
* -- In October, the Lions traded Roy Williams to Dallas. As part of that trade, Detroit received the Cowboys’ picks in the first, third and sixth rounds of the 2009 draft. Dallas received Detroit’s seventh-round pick in 2010.
** -- The Eagles made a trade with Carolina during the 2008 draft. The Panthers received the 19th pick overall, selecting tackle Jeff Otah (Pitt). Philadelphia received Carolina’s second- and fourth-round picks last year, as well as its first-round choice in the 2009 draft.
Posted by Jeff Carter | Jan. 22 at 07:49 AM
Draft order is supposed to be based on how a team finishes...right? For example, Arizona, even with an 8-8 record, will pick either 31 or 32 because they made it to the Superbowl. I was always under the impression that once a team made it to the post season, where they finished decided their finishing order. With this being said...can someone tell me how the San Diego Chargers advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but yet are drafting in the 16th spot, ahead of four teams that didn't even make the playoffs!!! Something just doesn't seem right about this. Ian, if you see this, I'd love your input. Thanks,
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Jan. 22 at 08:20 AM
It's not fair. It's screwed up. And it's something the league needs to fix. There's no way that the Chargers, after winning a playoff game, should be picking before teams like the Jets and Bears, that didn't even make the postseason. But that's the way they've got it right now. The two Super Bowl teams pick last, the other 30 teams are ordered strictly by regular-season record.
Posted by ADAM HOLTZ | Jan. 26 at 01:05 PM
They ought to do what some fantasy leagues (like mine) do - non playoff teams play 2 weeks of "toilet bowl" brackets, with the winners of each game getting higher draft position. i.e., the Lions would play Seattle, and the Rams/Chiefs would play. Then the winners would play the following week. Winner gets the top draft spot. Have brackets like that all the way up, for spots 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, and 17-20. Then the last 12 spots would be determined by earliest exit from the "real" NFL playoffs. How has the league not thought about this - it could mean as many as 20 more games - over one million more tickets to sell!
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