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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
What Sunday can do for draft position

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Misperceptions abound on how big a game Sunday is on the Titans' draft spot in the first round in 2014.

The potential to move up is minimal.

Currently they sit 10th in the pecking order ahead of one team that is also 6-9, the Giants, and behind another, Buffalo.

Strength of schedule is the tiebreaker between teams with the same record. The team with the easier schedule gets the higher pick.

The Titans cannot draft higher than ninth, because the only team they can jump with a loss Sunday is Buffalo, provided the Bills pull an upset in New England.

The teams ahead of the Bills – Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Cleveland, Oakland and Jacksonville – all have only four wins. The Titans can’t “catch” them.

A win against the Texans on Sunday, paired with some other favorable results around the league, could drop Tennessee as low as -- brace yourself – 16th.

We don’t know how strength of schedule will look for sure until after Week 17 games are played.

But here are the current numbers in the current draft order:
9) Buffalo, 6-9, .507
10) Tennessee, 6-9, .529
11) NY Giants, 6-9, .542
12) Detroit, 7-8, .464
13) Pittsburgh, 7-8, .484
14) NY Jets, 7-8, .489
15) St. Louis, 7-8, .538
16) Green Bay, 7-7-1, .449

Titans fans desiring the best draft pick should be rooting for these results (home team in CAPS):

Buffalo over NEW ENGLAND
NY GIANTS over Washington
Detroit over MINNESOTA
PITTSBURGH over Cleveland
NY Jets over MIAMI
St. Louis over SEATTLE
Green Bay over CHICAGO

The big draft question Sunday isn’t how high Tennessee can climb, it’s how far the Titans can fall.