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Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:09 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 12:39 pm
Here's a random old pic of a coin toss, since there's no vid or pics of Friday's action. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2012 NFL Draft order is finalized: the Dolphins and Chiefs won coin tosses (against the Panthers and Seahawks, respectively) on Friday morning in Indianapolis to secure the eighth (Miami) and 11th (KC) picks in the draft.

The Panthers will now select ninth in April, and the Seahawks -- losers to the Chiefs -- will select 12th. The coin tosses took place early in the morning, utilizing specially-designed, commemorative coins. There were no media present (or allowed, for that matter), but the teams streamed the flip live on their various websites.

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"It kind of went straight up and it didn’t start flipping until it hit the ground," Chiefs GM Scott Pioli described. "It’s a huge difference because in that one spot in the draft you don’t know who the other team is going to pick. It’s just an earlier opportunity for you to get what you want in the draft."

While the difference between winning and losing the toss is only one pick, it does make a huge difference. If a team like the Panthers was (hypothetically) eying someone like UNC defensive end Quinton Coples, they'd be in a world of hurt with the Dolphins now one spot ahead of them.

"I think it makes a big difference,” Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said on Thursday. "I’ve never been into a draft where I didn’t feel like if you’re at the 10th pick there are nine players and if you’re the 22nd pick there’s usually 20 players so you’re usually right behind it. So the higher up the board I can get, as long as it’s with the flip of a coin, I’ll take it."

Perhaps the biggest difference in the one draft spot is the value in a potential trade: for every spot that a team moves up, the value of the pick grows exponentially.

Just ask anyone trying to move up to the Rams spot at No. 2 overall.

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Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:29 am

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set


Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:17 am

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set

Good reporting, Royalstar. Not sure what "street" you're referring to... never ceases to amaze me what people will post on these boards and who they'll claim to have heard it from.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:16 am

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set

Chiefs are already on a roll for the 2012 season.  They could easily do what SF did if the running game is healed and one of the QB's comes through.

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:04 am

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set

Rumor has it that the Chicago Bears traded their whole team to indy for the first pick and that their first pick will be mawande farter a punter.

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:45 am

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set

The word on the street has it that the Browns have traded up to the second pick to get RG3. Washington was in hot persuit so the Browns pulled the trigger. We'll see. No word on what the Browns gave up.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:44 am

Dolphins, Chiefs win coin toss, draft order set

the chiefs were luckier by winning the coin toss, but the seahawks will get the better player in the first round, because carroll is smarter than pioli.

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