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Four more draft slots are set

Cheer up, Packers, Patriots, Bengals, and Eagles fans.  Your team will get a better draft pick because of its quick exit from the playoffs.

Spots 21-24 in the 2010 Draft are made of wild card round losers, while 25-28 is made of divisional round losers and so on.  In the past, regular season record determined slot.  (Until you made the Super Bowl.)

So without further adieu, the losing teams from this weekend will draft in the following spots.

21. Bengals (10-6)
22. Patriots (10-6)
23. Packers (11-5)
24. Eagles (11-5)

UPDATE: For the commenters that asked, ties are broken first by strength of schedule.)

(For the top 24, check out our 2010 Draft order page.)

Combine a higher draft pick with disadvantages in free agency for the final eight teams, and this wasn’t a bad year to have a soul-crushing first-round playoff loss.

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47 Responses to “Four more draft slots are set”
  1. bitchassjosh says: Jan 12, 2010 12:26 AM

    Seems like that order should be reversed, right? The Eagles were a 6 seed, while the Bengals a 3 AND division champ. What goes into factoring these slots?

  2. JJCheesehead says: Jan 12, 2010 12:28 AM

    i would take relando mcclain or sergio kindle for the Packers at number 23.
    they should have tried to trade their first rounder for joe thomas when the Browns were giving players away before the trade deadline.

  3. JaggedMark says: Jan 12, 2010 12:28 AM

    And when we think of drafts, we naturally think of “The Raiders.”
    Therefore, isn’t it about time we hear out of northern California that Tom Cable will be ousted.
    Not saying he should be, merely saying he will be, so what is taking so long.

  4. MasterShake says: Jan 12, 2010 12:32 AM

    Ironic that all four teams need a QB.
    Relax, just goofing around. Early twenties can be played well for all of the above. Packers and Bengals may need a player or two (or three) and the Patriots and Eagles may (I said may) want to start re-building their respective teams. Will all four contact the top drafting teams considering they have proven to be smarter with their picks recently then say, the Raiders and Lions?

  5. LouDawg says: Jan 12, 2010 12:34 AM

    I actually think that being constrained from signing huge UFA deals helps the final 8 teams, rather than hurting them. How many ginormous-dollar free agents ever earn their money? By keeping the more elite teams out of the hunt for guys like Peppers (who are good, but certainly not $20M good) and by allowing them to pay 1/10th of what the Rams are going to pay for their first round picks, it slants the playing field in their favor.

  6. Bird Man says: Jan 12, 2010 12:40 AM

    “Your” 2010 draft order page? The link goes to ESPN. You’re not plagarizing are you?

  7. TheFoo says: Jan 12, 2010 12:46 AM

    Need to fix that “draft order page” link! I’m getting a ESPN article. I don’t want to watch their garbage, much less read it!

  8. BonerJams'03 says: Jan 12, 2010 12:48 AM

    Why are the Packers higher than the Eagles?
    Same record yes, but the Packers were the 5th seed Eagles were the 6th.
    Not saying it’s wrong, I just don’t get with the new system why the Eagles are behind the Packers.

  9. apfister says: Jan 12, 2010 12:51 AM

    GR or Florio – will you guys go more in depth on the playoff teams and free agency? That link was somewhat helpful but it seems more complicated. Explain please (assuming you understand)

  10. WTBucs says: Jan 12, 2010 12:58 AM

    (For the top 24, check out our 2010 Draft order page.)
    ….terrible use of a link…
    takes you to a Clayton story on the playoff draft order that owners voted on….nothing about “For the top 24….” ….Jerk.

  11. bgdabengal says: Jan 12, 2010 1:03 AM

    The winner of those 4? The Bengals, Mike Brown won’t have to pay top 10 $ and we’ll have him signed and in camp on time! Awesome.
    Please give us a top notch safety, Don’t care who, Just a good one, lol.
    Sorry Roy, I don’t trust your arm though. 4/16 not good.

  12. Outsyder says: Jan 12, 2010 1:10 AM

    Seems rather stupid that the Packers have a better playoff seed than the Eagles, yet draft before them.
    The NFL is never uniform with its rules.

  13. Peoples Champ says: Jan 12, 2010 1:22 AM

    21. crap
    22. trash doo doo
    23. garbage
    24. butt sauce
    To these respective teams’ fans: Suck failure, freaks!! LOL

  14. BlitzDorsey says: Jan 12, 2010 1:25 AM

    Hell yeah, it almost makes getting beat twice by a mediocre Jets team worth it. We’re drafting 21st (and not 24th like we thought) baby! Who cares about little, insignificant details like playoff wins. Playoff wins are for losers.

  15. boltschick says: Jan 12, 2010 1:26 AM

    Chargers never do anything in free agency anyhow except release free agents and hoard compensatory picks.

  16. Johnnyb612 says: Jan 12, 2010 1:28 AM

    Yay.

  17. bob _ nelson says: Jan 12, 2010 1:33 AM

    Man this sucks,I just took a Packer but didn’t know I had run out of toilet paper.

  18. FBGeek77 says: Jan 12, 2010 1:41 AM

    “So without further adieu, the losing teams from this weekend will draft in the following spots.”
    It’s “ado” (as in “triviality”) not “adieu” (as in “goodbye”).

  19. Tompadre says: Jan 12, 2010 1:47 AM

    Wow, I thought the rule change just prevented teams making the playoffs from picking ahead of those who didn’t. I still thought the playoff teams, regardless of when they were eliminated (SB entries excluded) were slotted based on their records. Learn something new every day.

  20. Howell47 says: Jan 12, 2010 1:57 AM

    Um…not much help for Bengal fans. Did we forget that the Bengals are cheap?

  21. Footba11Joe says: Jan 12, 2010 2:21 AM

    You make me feel so much better Gregg.

  22. Gautam says: Jan 12, 2010 3:01 AM

    “check out our 2010 Draft order page”
    what the hell, that’s a link to ESPN!

  23. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 12, 2010 3:28 AM

    “Cheer up, Packers, Patriots, Bengals, and Eagles fans. Your team will get a better draft pick because of its quick exit from the playoffs.”
    That’s not exactly comforting. Teams are supposed to play to win, not to get better draft picks.
    …Unless they’re Detroit.

  24. DallasCowboy says: Jan 12, 2010 3:48 AM

    “…With the 32nd., overall pick. The Dallas Cowboys select…” :)

  25. The Wishbone says: Jan 12, 2010 4:17 AM

    @ Rosenthal,
    It’s ALWAYS “a bad year to have a soul-crushing first-round playoff loss,” moron.

  26. screaming sheep says: Jan 12, 2010 5:58 AM

    Good job Greggggg, your link to the Draft order page takes you to espn.com. Nice way to not run up the page hits.

  27. Murabma says: Jan 12, 2010 6:37 AM

    Cue the Pats* fans saying that the beatdown they suffered this weekend was “all part of the Master Plan” to get a better draft choice and not be subject to Free Agency limits in 5…4…3…2…1….

  28. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 12, 2010 6:41 AM

    With the #24 pick, the Eagles trade to……………..

  29. afiresnake says: Jan 12, 2010 6:56 AM

    Thanks for changing that ordering.
    Last year Chargers picked ahead of the Pats.

  30. ispysomething7 says: Jan 12, 2010 6:57 AM

    Another 4 will be set when the Vikings, Saints, Ravens, and Jets all lose this weekend! Whoa!

  31. ispysomething7 says: Jan 12, 2010 7:02 AM

    5……4……..3………2……..1……..The beatdown we suffered this weekend was part of our master plan to get a better draft choice and nor be subject to free agency limits!
    There I said it!

  32. Tuscany says: Jan 12, 2010 7:08 AM

    All I know is that those annoying Bengals fans who taunted Steelers fans with “come watch us in the playoffs” are nowhere to be found. Maybe that’s because, after one game, the Bengals are nowhere to be found in the playoffs. And who knows when they will be there again??????
    I’m just sayin’.
    Well, come join us Steelers fans in front of the TV this weekend. :-)

  33. ampats says: Jan 12, 2010 7:21 AM

    Not part of any plan Muramba. Disappointing end to the season but obviously us like 30 other teams did not have what it takes to win it all this year.
    The Pats are in a great position for this year’s draft with the #22 in round 1 and 3 picks in the 2nd round. This rule also allows the Patriots to be a player in free agency if they want , since there is no cap this year( Julius Peppers?) They will franchise Wilfork if they can’t agree on a long term contract. With no cap free agency strategy will change.
    Bad news for the league as the Pats will reload and we will be back with a healthier Brady.
    No excuses, we weren’t the best team this year and congratulations to all the teams competing in the playoffs.

  34. patsfan03253 says: Jan 12, 2010 7:29 AM

    great news, if the pats can use that pick to draft a lombardi trophy….
    or maybe a HEART

  35. thesaint257 says: Jan 12, 2010 7:58 AM

    with all of new englands first and second round pics, you know they are trading out of it, unless Spikes from Florida is there. They are revamping the defense, but as Bellichick said, he respects what Brady has to say when it comes to reorganizing the team, so maybe the offense will get an upgrade

  36. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jan 12, 2010 8:14 AM

    @ Tuscany
    Yes, I taunted Steeler fans with a “you didn’t even make the playoffs” once or twice. And yes, our miserable showing now puts us at the same spot as Steeler fans.
    I, for one, didn’t go away, I just check PFT in hopes of seeing the headline “Bengals, Bratkowski part ways”

  37. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jan 12, 2010 8:20 AM

    @ Tuscany
    Yes, I taunted Steeler fans with a “you didn’t even make the playoffs” once or twice. And yes, our miserable showing now puts us at the same spot as Steeler fans.
    I, for one, didn’t go away, I just check PFT in hopes of seeing the headline “Bengals, Bratkowski part ways”

  38. Outsyder says: Jan 12, 2010 9:06 AM

    To those wondering, the Packers have an earlier pick than the Eagles because of strength of schedule tie-breakers.

  39. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 9:22 AM

    See I can tell that you were ordered to give it that moronic spin by Florio. Soon PFT’s battle cry will be “the Dallas Cowboys, who have not lost a playoff game since January 13, 2008, are particularly screwed when it comes to signing free agents because they weren’t smart enough to lose playoff games to the 0-3gles and Vikings for their own good.”

  40. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 9:24 AM

    See I can tell that you were ordered to give it that moronic spin by Florio. Soon PFT’s battle cry will be “the Dallas Cowboys, who have not lost a playoff game since January 13, 2008, are particularly screwed when it comes to signing free agents because they weren’t smart enough to lose playoff games to the 0-3gles or Vikings for their own good.”

  41. bornman3 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:26 AM

    What a bunch of crap that is the draft seeding system in the NFL.

  42. GobiasINC_1 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:36 AM

    Everyone hates everyone else’s team. Enough said.
    As to the guy who took a ‘Packer’ and forgot toilet paper, does that mean you’re sitting in your own feces right now? Typical Packer-hater. Sitting in your own poop.

  43. peskys_pole says: Jan 12, 2010 9:42 AM

    bitchassjosh says:
    Seems like that order should be reversed, right? The Eagles were a 6 seed, while the Bengals a 3 AND division champ. What goes into factoring these slots?
    bitchass – the Pats were the #3 and the Bengals were the #4. Both finished with a 10-6 record and both won their divisons.
    The Eagles, while a 6th seed and did not win the division, finished with an 11-5 record.
    10 wins drafts before 11 wins

  44. McNabb2JacksonAllDay says: Jan 12, 2010 10:00 AM

    The Packers and the Eagles had the same record, but the Packers were seeded fifth and Eagles sixth, so shouldn’t the Eagles have the 23rd selection instead of 24th?

  45. AirlineGuy says: Jan 12, 2010 10:13 AM

    “Combine a higher draft pick with disadvantages in free agency for the final eight teams, and this wasn’t a bad year to have a soul-crushing first-round playoff loss. ”
    Still looking for that silver lining, huh Toolio? Keep hating on Dallas because we owned the Eagles AND the Skins.
    Who you gonna cheer for now? Punk

  46. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 12, 2010 11:49 PM

    DallasCowboy says:
    January 12, 2010 3:48 AM
    “…With the 32nd overall pick, acquired in a trade with the Chargers, The Dallas Cowboys select… some overhyped guy with character issues.” :)
    —————————
    I fixed your post. :)

  47. loudacris21 says: Jan 13, 2010 5:18 PM

    The Eagles should sign Peppers. Trade next year 1st and 4th rounders for DeAngelo Williams (entering 5th year of rookie contract), sign him to an extension. Then this draft, if possible, trade up to acquire Spikes/Bowman/Mays.

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