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NFL releases official order for 2012 Draft first round

The Sports Xchange
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With the 2011 NFL season officially concluded, the league has released the order for the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The New York Giants, who defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday night to win Super Bowl XLVI, will have the final pick of the first round, by virtue of their championship victory. The Patriots will draft 31st, their second pick of the first round after acquiring the Saints' first-rounder in a trade at last year's draft.

The Saints traded their pick in order to move up and draft Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram of Alabama with the 28th pick in the first round of last year's draft. As a result, the Patriots will have both the 27th and 31st picks in 2012. The Browns (fourth and 22nd) and Bengals (17th and 21st) are the other teams currently scheduled to pick twice in the first round, due to trades with the Falcons and Raiders, respectively.

Two picks still need to be decided via coin flip. The Dolphins and Panthers will draft eighth and ninth, while the Chiefs and Seahawks will flip a coin to decide the 11th and 12th picks. Those coin flips are expected to take place at the NFL Draft Combine later this month in Indianapolis.

Playoff results determined the last 12 picks of the first round. Wild card losers Cincinnati, Atlanta, Detroit and Pittsburgh were awarded the 21st through 24th spots, with the Browns acquiring the Falcons pick in a draft-day trade last year. The Falcons selected Julio Jones from Alabama with that pick.

Divisional round losers Denver, Houston, New Orleans and Green Bay were assigned the 25th through 28th picks, with the Patriots acquiring the Saints' pick via the Ingram trade. Conference runners-up Baltimore and San Francisco will pick 29th and 30th, respectively, followed by the Patriots and Giants.

The Indianapolis Colts, who finished 2-14 in 2011, have the first pick in the draft, which starts on April 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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