DraftWatch - Week 9

I think we all knew it was an eventuality.

Like LeBron taking his talents to South Beach, Frank McCourt relinquishing control of the Dodgers, and Kim Kardashian divorcing that guy, everyone following this season came in knowing that the Indianapolis Colts were far and away the worst team in the league without Peyton Manning under center, and that it would just be a matter of time for reality to match perception. Nine weeks into the season, the Colts are the last winless team in the NFL - and except for three "winnable" games, two against Jacksonville and one against Carolina, it's going to be difficult for another team to sink below their record.

So while the Suck For Luck sweepstakes appears to be all but locked up, there's still plenty of drama going on in the first 10 picks of the draft. Seattle has moved up a peg to the #7 spot, and could very easily move up if Cam Newton, Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert start winning games for their respective teams.

In any event, here's how the teams are ranked halfway into the season:

1. Colts (0-9, .538 SOS)

2. Dolphins (1-7, .543 SOS)

3. Rams (1-7, .562 SOS)

4. Cardinals (2-6, .473 SOS)

5. Panthers (2-6, .500 SOS)

6. Jaguars (2-6, .515 SOS)

**7. Seahawks (2-6, .519 SOS)**

8. Vikings (2-6, .566 SOS)

9. Redskins (3-5, .469 SOS)

10. Browns (3-5, .492 SOS)

11. Eagles (3-5, .500 SOS)

12. Broncos (3-5, .555 SOS)

13. Titans (4-4, .463 SOS)

14. Chiefs (4-4, .492 SOS)

15. Cowboys (4-4, .500 SOS)

16. Raiders (4-4, .523 SOS)

17. Chargers (4-4, .527 SOS)

18. Buccaneers (4-4, .530 SOS)

19. Patriots (5-3, .462 SOS)

20. Falcons (5-3, .470 SOS)

21. Jets (5-3, .477 SOS)

22. Bills (5-3, .492 SOS)

23. Bears (5-3, .535 SOS)

24. Texans (6-3, .417 SOS)

25. Saints (6-3, .477 SOS)

26. Steelers (6-3, .485 SOS)

27. Bengals (6-2, .470 SOS)

28. Ravens (6-2, .477 SOS)

29. Giants (6-2, .496 SOS)

30. Lions (6-2, .550 SOS)

31. 49ers (7-1, .442 SOS)

32. Packers (8-0, .488 SOS)

(Strength of Schedule is the total win-loss percentage of every opponent on a team's schedule. Divisional opponents are counted twice since they appear on the schedule twice. If there's a tie for schedule strength, divisional record breaks the tie.)

So the good news is that Seattle has one less team to sweat out in terms of drafting a replacement for Tavarlie Whiteson, and spots 3 through 6 are held by teams that are pretty much committed to their QB, either because they just drafted one or spent a lot of money on one during the offseason. (Yes, Arizona, I'm looking directly at you.) The bad news is that the two teams besides Seattle that are most desperate for quarterback help are picking first and second right now, meaning that there's a very good chance that Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley go 1-2 in the draft if this order holds up. The Colts may end up running away with the top pick, but Seahawk fans may want to start rooting for the Dolphins the rest of the year - thanks to the relative strength of the AFC East (everyone else in the division is at 5-3), Miami has such a strong schedule that just one more win would knock them from second all the way to seventh - and one spot behind Seattle in the draft order.

The Dolphins play an early game against the Redskins next week. Just sayin'.

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