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Thursday, December 4, 2008
NFC West could dominate (the draft) in 200

Posted by's Mike Sando

We've made it to December, the time of year when NFC West teams start thinking about playoff positioning. I mean, draft positioning. And, let's face it: Most of us following teams in this division have been thinking about draft positioning for some time.

The division has a chance to field three teams among the top seven or eight overall choices. No division has placed three teams among the top 10 overall choices without a trade since the NFL aligned into eight divisions in 2002, according to David Bearman of ESPN Stats & Information.

The AFC East made three picks among the top 10 last season. The Patriots acquired the seventh overall choice from San Francisco before trading back to 10th overall. The Dolphins picked first and the Jets chose sixth.

The NFC North made three picks among the top 10 in 2005. The Vikings acquired the seventh overall choice from Oakland. The Bucs picked fifth. The Lions picked 10th.

A quick look at the standings, 1 through 32, shows the Seahawks and Rams between the third and fifth choices. The 49ers are seventh.

Question: As a fan, would you rather have a top-five pick or win a few games to improve the record and possibly build something positive for next season?