Some surprises in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs have shaken up the bottom of the 2013 draft order.
What the playoff matchups did do, though, was narrow down and solidify draft spots for four more teams. The losers of this weekend’s action will start their offseason planning by getting ready for April’s draft with a concrete idea of their draft slot.
It’s always disappointing to have your season stopped just short of the Super Bowl, but it’s onto the next year for the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay found themselves outmatched by the new-look San Francisco 49ers. Second-year QB Colin Kaepernick set the single-game record for rushing yards in a game and in a playoff game, with 181 yards and two TDs. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack couldn’t do very much at all to put up a fight and lost by two scores.
Kaepernick broke the single-game postseason record for rushing yards by a quarterback on this go-ahead, 56-yard TD run in the third quarter. The Niners never looked back.
In the other NFC matchup, the Seattle Seahawks mounted an impressive comeback from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a late lead. Atlanta stormed back after getting the ball with just 31 seconds left to play. Matt Bryant missed his first attempt from 49 yards at a game-winning field goal, but he got another shot thanks to a timeout by the Seahawks.
In the AFC, Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ 11-game winning streak was broken by a double-overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Manning threw an INT in the opening moments of the second extra period and Ravens’ rookie kicker Justin Tucker knocked in a 47-yard field goal to propel the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game.
At Foxborough, it was all New England. The Patriots fell to an early three-point deficit after a huge opening kickoff return by Texans’ safety Danieal Manning but bounced back and took it to the Texans. Tom Brady wasn't asked to do it all himself, either, which should be scary for the remaining playoff teams.
Winning teams usually find a way to maximize talent and find good value in the bottom of the first round. That’s been especially true for all of these teams who were still competing this weekend.
You don’t make it to this point in the season without a strong personnel and scouting team.
Here’s a look at the updated NFL draft order following the divisional round.
2013 NFL Draft order
*Indicates pick is still to be determined based on results of championship games
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)
5. Detroit Lions (4-12)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
9. New York Jets (6-10)
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
19. New York Giants (9-7)
20. Chicago Bears (10-6)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
22. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) (trade with Washington Redskins)
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
The championship games and subsequent Super Bowl matchup—still to be determined—will put the finishing touches on the 2013 NFL draft order.
29. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)*
30. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)*
31. New England Patriots (12-4)*
32. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)*