There are presently twelve 7-8 and 8-7 teams right now. Denver is 8-7. They play KC this week, a game that most teams would win, but this Denver team has been finding ways to lose lately, dropping 7 of their last 9. While they are still likely to win, it is quite good for the Hawks if they lose. As you know, we hold Denver's 2010 first round pick. A Denver loss gives an 8-8 finish, they miss the playoffs, and the pick ends up being around #15 (+/- a couple of picks) depending on how the other teams shake out. A Denver win, combined with a loss by either NYJ or BAL, would put Denver in the playoffs. The draft order is based on winning percentage but a playoff team drafts AFTER a non-playoff team with the same record. This would mean that Denver's pick would be #22, a jump of around seven spots (maybe more)..
It may not seem like a lot but I was quite suprised when I saw that this one game could amount to ten or so spots in draft position for the hawks. Go KC!
As for the Hawks game, they could go up or down a couple spots based on the outcome... I am sort of hoping they lose because that would give them a much better shot at drafting Suh or Berry. It seems like those two are the best talents in this draft by far. Since teams at the top are likely to reach for QB/LT as usual, if we can sneak up to the #5 spot, there is a good chance that we geta shot at one of these guys. The only unit on this team that doesn't need an infusion of talent is LB, so a DL or DB up high sounds great to me. If we can get an LT and QB with our remaining first and our second, then I think thats a nice chunk of our rebuild under way.