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The Lions won't know where they will be picking in the NFL draft until after they're out of the playoffs.

But for all of the teams not in the playoffs, the order is set.

In their first season under coach Lovie Smith, the 2-14 Bucs lost their last six games to secure the top pick over Tennessee, which had the same record under first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt. But Tampa Bay had the easier overall schedule in the weak NFC South, which was won by Carolina with a 7-8-1 record.

Clearly, neither of the coaches who lost in Super Bowls — Smith in Chicago and Whisenhunt in Arizona — had much positive impact in their debut seasons.

Tampa Bay last had the top overall spot in 1987 and selected Miami Hurricanes QB Vinny Testaverde. He didn't fare well with the Bucs, but later led the Browns and Jets to the playoffs and spent 21 seasons in the NFL with seven teams.

Rounding out the top five will be Jacksonville and Oakland, both 3-13, and Washington (4-12).

NFL DRAFT ORDER

Team

W-L-T

Opp. W-L-T

1. Tampa Bay

2-14-0

123-130-3

2. Tennessee

2-14-0

129-126-1

3. Jacksonville

3-13-0

131-124-1

4. Oakland

3-13-0

146-110-0

5. Washington

4-12-0

127-129-0

6. N.Y. Jets

4-12-0

139-117-0

7. Chicago

5-11-0

135-120-1

8. Atlanta

6-10-0

122-131-3

9. N.Y. Giants

6-10-0

131-125-0

10. St. Louis

6-10-0

136-120-0

11. Minnesota

7-9-0

121-134-1

12. Cleveland

7-9-0

121-132-3

13. New Orleans

7-9-0

123-130-3

14. Miami

8-8-0

131-125-0

15. San Francisco

8-8-0

135-121-0

16. Houston

9-7-0

114-141-1

17. San Diego

9-7-0

131-125-0

18. Kansas City

9-7-0

131-125-0

19. Buffalo

9-7-0

132-124-0

20. Philadelphia

10-6-0

125-130-1

21. x-Carolina

7-8-1

125-130-1

22. x-Baltimore

10-6-0

120-133-3

23. x-Cincinnati

10-5-1

127-128-1

24. x-Pittsburgh

11-5-0

114-139-3

25. x-Detroit

11-5-0

120-135-1

26. x-Indianapolis

11-5-0

122-133-1

27. x-Arizona

11-5-0

134-122-0

28. x-Dallas

12-4-0

114-142-0

29. x-Green Bay

12-4-0

123-132-1

30. x-New England

12-4-0

131-124-1

31. xy-Denver

12-4-0

133-122-1

31. xy-Seattle

12-4-0

134-121-1

x-subject to playoffs

y-subject to coin flip

* The Super Bowl champion will select last and the loser of the Super Bowl next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of the record of such participating clubs in the regular season.

* The losers of the conference championship games shall select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

* The losers of the divisional playoff games shall select in the 25th through 28th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

* The losers of the wild-card games shall select in the 21st through 24th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

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