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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Inside Slant: Updated NFL draft order

By Kevin Seifert

We had a shakeup this week atop the projected NFL draft order for 2014, and with five weeks remaining in the season, we know that nothing has really been settled. But this much is clear: The Houston Texans took care of business Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars' 13-6 victory vaulted the Texans into the virtual top spot, if the season were over and it was time to start lining up for the best quarterbacks, er players, in college football. Remember, ties are broken in reverse order of strength of schedule.

A few of you have asked why the NFL uses that tiebreaker. In short: draft order goes from worst to best. If two teams have the same record, the "worst" of those two is the one that has that record against an easier schedule.

One note: The Minnesota Vikings would have the No. 1 overall pick at the moment, at least, if the had lost Sunday to the Green Bay Packers instead of tied. They would be no lower than No. 5 if they had won.