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Detroit Lions could see big drop in draft order with win over Minnesota Vikings

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For the third year in a row, the Detroit Lions are well on their way to making a top 10 pick at the end of the season.

With the Games concluded on Sunday, the Lions hold seventh place in the 2021 draft thanks to a strong timing tiebreaker with the three other teams who share a 5-10 record. The worse the strength of a team’s schedule, the better is his draft slot.

Tech-wise, Lions could move up to 3rd in the draft regulation next week, but that scenario is nearly impossible. Not only would the Lions lose their season finale to the Minnesota Vikings, but they would need the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles to win their matchups in week 17.

All four of these teams play against opponents with playoff consequences, and only Philadelphia, facing a 6-9 team from Washington, appears to have a realistic shot.

The alternative, a victory over the Vikings, would likely result in Lions drawing outside of the top 10 in April. You could fall back to 13th place in that order with the win.

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Choosing # 7 or higher, Lions could have the option of picking a high profile prospect like Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, one of the class’s top receivers, or even a quarterback like BYU’s Zach Wilson or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

In the last two drafts, Lions selected TJ Hockenson (# 8 in 2018) and Jeff Okudah (# 3 in 2019) of Iowa. Hockenson received a Pro Bowl nod in his sophomore season, while Okudah battled multiple injuries and ended up on the injured reserve after appearing in nine games of his debut campaign.

The last time the Lions were inducted into the top 10 for three or more consecutive years was six years between 2002 and 2007, when the team included quarterback Joey Harrington, linebacker Ernie Sims and wide receivers Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Mike Williams and Calvin chose Johnson.

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