The NFL owners have voted to change the draft order -- and frankly, it is about time.
In the past, the draft order was strictly determined by wins and losses in the regular season. This will remain the case for the 20 teams that did not make the playoffs. Teams that do make the playoffs, however, will not be slotted based on how they perform in the playoffs, not their overall records.
Losers from the wild-card games will be given the 21-24 selections. Divisional round losers will be seeded with picks 25-28. Losers of the confrence championship games getting the 29th and 30th picks. The winner and loser of the Super Bowl will then, of course, receive the final two picks based on the championship game's outcome.
It always struck me as odd when teams who failed to make the playoffs were slotted to pick later in the draft than teams that had or when a team picked earlier in the April draft than the team they had beaten in the playoffs only a few months earlier.
The Philadelphia Eagles, for example, beat the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard round of the playoffs last year. Despite the fact that the Eagles then went on to beat the Giants in the divisional round, before losing to Arizona in the NFC Championship, the Eagles (who finished with a 9-6-1 regular season record) were rewarded with the 20th pick of April's draft. The Vikings (10-6) and Giants (12-4) due to their better regular season records, have the 21st and 29th picks of the first round.