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SOS on the Chargers side come draft time

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Bad AFC West good for Chargers' draft order

    There is at least one advantage to playing in this year's AFC West.
    The Chargers will reap it in April.

    For non-playoff teams, the NFL Draft's selection order is determined by win-loss record and then, to break ties between squads with the same record, strength of schedule. The worse the SOS, the better the draft spot, and that benefits the Chargers, who have two games apiece against the Chiefs (2-11) and Raiders (4-11) weakening their schedule.

    San Diego, as it stands now, has a .471 SOS, tied for fourth worst in the league. The SOS will drop to anywhere between .469 and .453 this Sunday after it faces the Raiders in the season finale.

    With such poor schedule strength, the Chargers (6-9) will win any possible tiebreaker for draft order.

    If they lose Sunday to the Raiders, they will own a first-round pick as high as No. 6 overall and low as No. 10. For every win by the Bills, Browns, Titans and Cardinals, the Chargers' draft order would improve by one slot from 10.

    If they beat the Raiders, they will own between the No. 10 and No. 13 selection. San Diego's draft spot, from 13, would improve by one spot with every Buccaneers, Jets or Panthers win.

    So, on Sunday, the team's draft order is moveable by as many as eight spots.
    Whatever happens, this will be the franchise's highest assigned draft pick since owning the top choice in 2004.

    The Chargers took Ryan Mathews 12th overall in 2010, but that was after a draft-day trade from No. 28.

    San Diego drafted outside linebacker Shawne Merriman with the No. 12 pick in 2005, but that selection was part of its 2004 trade haul. The team took quarterback Eli Manning No. 1 and turned him for a package featuring quarterback Philip Rivers and the Giants' 2005 first-round pick.

    Manning is the Chargers' most recent selection in the top 10.

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