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NFL Week 13: Updated Draft order and Chargers' targets

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With week 12 in the books, and some exciting games in the race for the #1 overall pick, let's look at the current draft order.

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As of last week, the Chargers held the #1 overall pick for the 2016 NFL Draft. The Chargers have now dropped down to the #4 overall pick because Philip Rivers just refuses to be down with the tank. With the win, the Chargers improved to 3-8, tying them with the Cowboys and 49ers. As we discussed a few weeks ago, strength of schedule (SOS) is the 1st tie breaker after overall record, which is why the Chargers now sit at 4.

The Titans NEARLY pulled off an upset over the Oakland Raiders, which would have been really helpful since the Titans SOS is weaker than that of the Chargers for the rest of the year. The Browns also managed to lose on Monday night in the most Browns way possible (blocked last second FG returned for a TD), however the Browns are much more likely to draft one of the top QB's available, rather than a position or player San Diego would target - *cough* BOSA *cough*.

Here is the updated full draft order:

1. Tennessee Titans: 2-9 (.511 SOS)
2. Cleveland Browns: 2-9 (.517 SOS)
3. Dallas Cowboys: 3-8 (.523 SOS)
4. San Diego Chargers: 3-8 (.528 SOS)
5. San Francisco 49ers: 3-8 (.534 SOS)
6. Miami Dolphins: 4-7 (.477 SOS)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-7 (.489 SOS)
8. Baltimore Ravens: 4-7 (.494 SOS)
9. Philadelphia Eagles: 4-7 (.511 SOS)
10. St. Louis Rams: 4-7 (.517 SOS)
11. New Orleans Saints: 4-7 (.523 SOS)
12. Detroit Lions: 4-7 (.528 SOS)
13. New York Giants: 5-6 (.489 SOS - 4-5 in conference)
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-6 (.489 SOS - 4-3 in conference)
15. Oakland Raiders: 5-6 (.506 SOS)
16. Buffalo Bills: 5-6 (.511 SOS)
17. Chicago Bears: 5-6 (.528 SOS)
18. New York Jets: 6-5 (.455 SOS)
19. Atlanta Falcons: 6-5 (.489 SOS)
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-5 (.517 SOS)

Projected to make the playoffs:

21. Washington Redskins: 5-6 (.477 SOS)
22. Seattle Seahawks: 6-5 (.489 SOS)
23. Houston Texans: 6-5 (.511 SOS - 4-3 in conference, 2-1 in division)
24. Indianapolis Colts: 6-5 (.511 SOS - 4-3 in conference, 3-0 in division)
25. Kansas City Chiefs: 6-5 (.511 SOS - 5-2 in conference)
26. Green Bay Packers: 7-4 (.500 SOS - 5-3 in conference)
27. Minnesota Vikings: 8-3 (.500 SOS - 5-2 in conference)
28. Arizona Cardinals: 9-2 (.449 SOS)
29. Cincinnati Bengals: 9-2 (.455 SOS)
30. Denver Broncos: 9-2 (.506 SOS)
31. New England Patriots: 10-1 (.455 SOS) - PICK FORFEITED
32. Carolina Panthers: 11-0 (.443 SOS)

Somehow, the Chargers are still not technically eliminated from the playoffs, so players/coaches other than Rivers may still be trying to claw their way to salvation. However, there is no scenario mathematically possible where the Chargers can make the playoffs at 7-9 this season (due to other team's records, etc.), so if they lose this week to the Broncos, every win after that hurts the team more than it helps.

So there you have it, the Chargers' "magic number" to be able to fully embrace the tank is 1. To keep pace with the teams ahead of and around us, the teams you need to root for this week are:

Browns (vs Bengals), Titans (vs Jaguars), Cowboys (vs Redskins), Ravens (vs Dolphins, and the 49ers (vs Bears)