NFL Picks Week 17: Shocking Upsets That Will Shake Up 2012 NFL Draft Order

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22: Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts salutes the crowd following the game in which he made the game-winning reception against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 19-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft is a place where dejected teams who didn't make the playoffs are in a position to flip their losing franchise on its ear.

The draft is synonymous with hope. Fans of reeling franchises who didn't sniff the postseason in 2011 are already looking forward to April and are scoping out not only who their beloved team will bring in, but where they'll be selecting.

The draft order isn't set in stone by any means. Here are a few shocking upsets in Week 17 that are going to make every mock draft done to this point completely worthless.


Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Everyone is wondering what the Colts will do with the first overall pick, but what if they don't have it? The Colts have won two in a row and are proving that they aren't just going to lie down and accept their fate as one of the worst teams in history.

The Jaguars have achieved all four of their victories at home, but by no means should we consider this a slam dunk. The Jags have only scored more than 17 twice this season.

The Colts have hit that mark two weeks in a row and will hand the No. 1 pick to Rams, who'll be forced into a similar dilemma.


Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Cleveland Browns are fighting to end this season on a high note. The Steelers still have a shot at winning the AFC North and need the win, but they are entering a serious trap game on the road.

Ben Roethlisberger can't be 100 percent at this point and the Steelers have racked up three road losses already this season and only managed to beat the Colts by three and the Chiefs by four.

The Browns have only won four games this season, but three of them have come at home. Peyton Hillis rushed for 112 yards last week against the Ravens and will be looking to end a contract year on a high note.

The Browns would likely be drafting outside of the top five, which is both good and bad for the struggling franchise.