DraftWatch - Week 8

It looked bleak there for a while, didn't it?

With just minutes left in the game, the Miami Dolphins looked poised to upset the New York Giants last Sunday. With the win by the Rams against the Saints earlier, a Dolphin victory would mean that the Colts would have been the only team left in the league to win a game, and hence were almost assured of the #1 pick in the draft unless they suddenly go on a rampage and win a bunch of games.

But thanks to Eli Manning and crew, the Dolphins are now at 0-7, and while the Colts still have the top pick thanks to schedule strength, the Dolphins continue to keep pace with them record-wise.

But let's think about this for a second. Yes, we all know that watching Roger Goodell smiling with Andrew Luck as they pose for a photo holding a Colts jersey between them conjures up pangs of jealousy and resentment, does it really matter from a Seahawks standpoint which of these two teams ends up with Andrew Luck? They're both AFC teams, so we'd never have to face Luck more than once every four years, unless there's a Super Bowl matchup in between the scheduled clashes (which absolutely none of us would have a problem with). Yes, we wouldn't get him, but then neither would the Rams, Cardinals, or 49ers (and I don't believe for a second that Luck would pull an Eli and demand to play for his college coach. He's a big boy, and big boys don't hide behind their coaches like that).

Besides, we'd much rather see the Colts pick first than one of the teams that follow close behind in the draft order right now:

1. Colts (0-8, .538 SOS)

2. Dolphins (0-7, .563 SOS)

3. Rams (1-6, .474 SOS)

4. Cardinals (1-6, .549 SOS)

5. Jaguars (2-6, .496 SOS)

6. Panthers (2-6, .504 SOS)

7. Vikings (2-6, .578 SOS)

**8. Seahawks (2-5, .509 SOS)**

9. Broncos (2-5, .582 SOS)

10. Redskins (3-4, .459 SOS)

11. Eagles (3-4, .495 SOS)

12. Browns (3-4, .500 SOS)

13. Cowboys (3-4, .509 SOS)

14. Titans (4-3, .455 SOS)

15. Falcons (4-3, .471 SOS)

16. Jets (4-3, .491 SOS)

17. Buccaneers (4-3, .504 SOS)

18. Chargers (4-3, .513 SOS)

19. Chiefs (4-3, .518 SOS)

20. Raiders (4-3, .532 SOS)

21. Bears (4-3, .554 SOS)

22. Texans (5-3, .435 SOS)

23. Saints (5-3, .471 SOS)

24. Patriots (5-2, .451 SOS)

25. Bengals (5-2, .483 SOS)

26. Bills (5-2, .486 SOS)

27. Giants (5-2, .491 SOS, 1-1 Div.)

28. Ravens (5-2, .491 SOS, 1-0 Div.)

29. Steelers (6-2, .491 SOS)

30. Lions (6-2, .552 SOS)

31. 49ers (6-1, .450 SOS)

32. Packers (7-0, .491 SOS)

(Strength of Schedule is the total winning percentage of every opponent on a team's schedule. Records of divisional opponents are counted twice since they appear on the schedule twice. If schedule strength is tied, divisional record is the tiebreaker, then a coinflip.)

I think we can all comfortably say that we'd much rather see Indianapolis extend the lease that Satan has on their soul for another 10 years to get Luck rather than the two single-win teams that are poised to jump in to take the pole position if both Indy and Miami go on winning streaks.

And don't think that the two teams at the top of the list are guaranteed to stay there. The Dolphins have already shown with come-from-ahead losses to the Giants and Tebroncows that they're getting tired of losing and would like to put that trend to a stop. Meanwhile, the Colts may end up backing into a couple of wins, seeing as how they still have two games against the Jaguars on their schedule, plus a home game against Carolina after their bye week.

So next week, when we'll probably see a score like "ATL 24 - IND 3" flash on the ticker at the bottom of the screen, just remember - this year's draft positioning is just as much about who we keep the big-ticket players away from as it is about who ends up getting them.

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