The Miami Dolphins lost to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, a game that they needed to win in order to keep alive any realistic playoff chances. Now, while they could still get into the postseason with an 8-8 record, the Dolphins honestly on closer to needing to prepare for 2018 than they are to getting ready for January football. Where do they stand in selecting players from the 2018 NFL Draft class?
The Cleveland Browns, with an 0-14 record, are set to pick first overall. They also would pick fourth overall with the pick they receive from the Houston Texans. In between those two selections, the New York Giants would pick second and the Indianapolis Colts would select third. After the Browns, the San Francisco 49ers would round out the top five selections.
The Chicago Bears, who have a 4-10 record like the Texans and 49ers, would pick sixth, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently seventh at 4-9, pending the results of their Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons. A loss would tie the Bucaneers with the Bears, both with a .559 strentgh of schedule, meaning a coin flip would be the tie break. A win for Tampa Bay would push them into the 5-9 group, where they would pick tenth.
The 6-8 teams are currently the Arizona Cardinals, 11th with a .489 strength of schedule, the Oakland Raiders, 12th with a .509 strength of schedule, the Washington Redskins, 13th and .531, and the Dolphins, selecting 14th with a .550 strength of schedule.
Just behind the Dolphins are the Los Angeles Chargers (7-7, .473) and the Green Bay Packers (7-7, .532). The Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, and Dallas Cowboys round out the non-Playoff teams.