Pack­ers pick 14th in draft

Af­ter loss to Lions, Green Bay moves one spot

Packer Plus - - Extra Points - TOM SILVERSTEIN

Al­most ev­ery­thing about the 2017 Green Bay Pack­ers sea­son was a bust, but they could leave Ford Field on Sun­day with the knowl­edge they ac­com­plished one thing with their 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions.

They made it in­side the top 15 in the 2018 draft or­der.

The NFL still has to cer­tify the or­der, but it ap­pears the Pack­ers will pick 14th in the April draft.

The Pack­ers came into their game against the Detroit Lions sit­ting at No. 15 in the draft or­der, which places teams in in­verse or­der of their record this sea­son.

Any team that doesn’t make the play­offs is guar­an­teed a pick no later than No. 20, but the Pack­ers, as a re­sult of their 7-8 record, were sit­ting in a three-way tie with Wash­ing­ton and Ari­zona for the 13th spot.

The first tiebreaker in draft se­lec­tion is strength of sched­ule. The team with the lower strength of sched­ule gets the higher pick.

The Pack­ers went into Sun­day with the sixth tough­est strength of sched­ule in the NFL and thus were not in a good po­si­tion to win a tiebreaker.

Once the Pack­ers lost, fin­ish­ing in a tie de­pended on whether any of three 6-9 teams in front of them — Cincin­nati, Oak­land and Miami — won, and whether any of the other two 7-8 teams lost.

The Raiders and Dol­phins lost and fin­ished 610. Those teams will occu- py the 10th and 11th spots. Cincin­nati won to fin­ish 7-9, ty­ing the Ben­gals with the Pack­ers and Wash­ing­ton.

The Ben­gals get the 12th spot be­cause they had the eas­i­est sched­ule of the three. The Pack­ers and Wash­ing­ton have the same strength of sched­ule (op­po­nents com­bined record of 138-118), so it goes to the sec­ond tiebreaker, which is record against com­mon op­po­nents in the con­fer­ence.

Their com­mon NFC op­po­nents are Seat­tle, Dal­las, New Or­leans and Min­nesota. Wash­ing­ton beat Seat­tle, lost to Dal­las twice, lost to New Or­leans and lost to Min­nesota for a 1-4 record. The Pack­ers beat Seat­tle and Dal­las and lost to New Or­leans and Min­nesota twice for a 2-3 record.

Thus, Wash­ing­ton gets the higher pick be­cause it had the worse record.

So, Wash­ing­ton will pick 13th, Green Bay will pick 14th and Ari­zona (which beat Seat­tle to fin­ish 8-8) will pick 15th.

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Green Bay Pack­ers head coach Mike McCarthy watches his team lose the fi­nal game of the sea­son at Detroit to fin­ish 7-9.

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