Browns and Raiders battling for top-five draft position this Sunday

I don’t think anyone at WFNY is a proponent of losing in order to have better draft picks in the NFL. After 11 games and only three wins for the Browns it is becoming increasingly difficult not to at least think about the draft and where the Browns could end up picking. That being the case, it is interesting that this week’s matchup with the Raiders could prove to be important when it comes time to figure out who is picking where.

According to one of the best sources for draft info, NEPatriotsdraft.com the Raiders have a slight edge on the Browns because they use strength of schedule to determine tie-breakers in-season. The Raiders are currently listed 4th with the Browns at 5th.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-10)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
3. Carolina Panthers (2-8)
4. Oakland Raiders (3-8)
5. Cleveland Browns (3-8)
6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7)
7. San Diego Chargers (4-7)
8. Buffalo Bills (4-7)
9. Tennessee Titans (4-7)
10. Detroit Lions (4-7)

As you can see, there’s no telling where the Browns will ultimately end up on this list because they have a chance to beat the Raiders this weekend. Additionally, the one-win Chiefs, who are currently in first place are also upcoming on the Browns’ schedule.

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  • 216in614

    I hate the strength of schedule thing. It really just punishes the teams with harder schedules even more.

    That being said. Lets play our way all the way up to the teens in the draft. I really think we have a shot at winning. If Weeden can find himself all 4 of those games are winnable they way the D is playing.

  • Natedawg86

    Kind of funny to see the Lions, Chargers, and Eagles on there. With the teams they have, they all should be a lot closer to pushing at least 500 and a possible playoff shot

  • Luke Stavole

    Why does the strength of schedule tiebreaker punish teams with harder schedules more? The harder schedule gets the better pick in case of a tie.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    The common thread? Bad coaching.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    No, the easier schedule gets the better pick. I guess the NFL’s theory is that of two teams with identical records, the team with the worse schedule is the worse team.

  • thepaledragon

    Considering the positions of greatest needs for the Browns, it’s OK if we don’t have the highest possible draft position. Anywhere in the top ten will be sufficient.

    And of course I don’t worry about draft position until the season is over. I want the Browns to win every week regardless.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    We could be anywhere on 1-10, and still pick the same guy every time. I could care less about draft positioning.

  • mgbode

    You forgot to mention that beating the Raiders means that we help the Bengals (they own the Raiders 2nd round pick from the Carson Palmer trade).

    That said, screw that. Beat those freaks in the black and silver.

  • mgbode

    I was going to go with bad OL play myself.

  • Kildawg

    Three winnable games for the Browns upcoming: at Oakland (we’ve had recent success there) KC (Romeo Crennel and Brian Daboll? Really? Browns fired those guys for a reason) and Wash (horrible defense plus Griffin is stoppable (see Pittsburgh) and we have a Phil Taylor who played with him at Baylor). If we don’t finish with 6 wins I will be infuriated, 7 wins would be awesome, and 8 is improbable (at Denver will be extremely difficult due to some guy named P. Manning but I digress). Go CB in first round (OLB or trade down if not able to) OG (spec RG, maybe both if Pink doesn’t come back to form, and Greco is good insurance on the team) Punter in 6 or 7 or FA (could really find a K or P as UDFA- see Phil Dawson)

  • mgbode

    ok, we are not good enough to think we are winning the rest of our games.

    but, do not rule out that Denver game. there’s an outside chance that Denver will be resting that week as they could have sewn up the #2 seed by then or be locked into the #3 seed (as they lost to NE).

  • Wouldn’t Te’o look great in a browns uniform?

  • bossman09

    The browns have the #4 ranked O-Line in pass protection and 20th in Run blocking. The problem is that we CAN’T blame the offensive line any more…