The top 24 spots are set for the 2014 NFL Draft order with the Packers holding the 21st pick. The Packers also currently hold all seven of their original picks for the 2014 Draft and they will likely receive two compensatory pick for the free agency losses of Greg Jennings and Erik Walden. The NFL keeps a very tight lid on the formula used for calculating the compensatory picks so it's hard to gauge what the compensation will be. This is pure speculation on my part but I could the Packers getting a fourth round pick for Jennings and a sixth rounder for Walden.
The 2013 season is over for Green Bay after the 23-20 Wild Card loss to San Francisco. While four teams are moving on three other teams including the Packers will begin the 2014 offseason. Here's the updated NFL Draft order after Wild Card Weekend:
After watching the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl over the weekend I can't seem to get hot wings out of my head. Apparently it's the same with our producer Ben "Bear" Bryan who noted that there are 16 bowls left and BW3 has 16 different wing sauces. So in the spirit of wings and football here's a viewing guide to the remaining bowls based on how they would taste:
We move into the meaty part of the bowl season with a Saturday quadruple header. It starts with Notre Dame and Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. The inconsistent Irish have talent upfront on both sides with Zack Martin on the offensive line. On the other side junior end Stephon Tuitt helps anchor the defensive line and will make his NFL Draft decision after Saturday. Rutgers was equally inconsistent, starting the year 4-1 before dropping five of their next six. A win over South Florida on December gave the Scarlet Knights bowl eligibility.
Welcome to the final Friday of 2013 and with it comes three games on the bowl schedule. First up the Military Bowl between Marshall and Maryland. The Terps started hot with four straight wins then ended the season winning two of the last three, including a road overtime win over Virginia Tech. Marshall, an under-the-radar Conference USA squad, boasts one of the best offensive units in the country. The Thundering Herd average 43 points per game but are coming off a season-low 24 against Rice in the Conference USA championship game.
While there's plenty of drama surrounding the NFL playoff picture there is just as much intrigue into what the draft order will look like as we head into the final week of the season. It's interesting to note that St. Louis can hold the overall #1 pick despite the potential to finish 8-8. The Packers could pick as high as 12th if they lose Sunday. A win means they pick no better than at least 21st.
1. Houston 2. St. Louis (from Washington) 3. Oakland 4. Jacksonville 5. Atlanta 6. Cleveland 7. Tampa Bay 8. Minnesota 9. Buffalo 10. Tennessee 11. New York Giants 12. Pittsburgh 13. New York Jets 14. St. Louis 15. Detroit 16. Dallas** 17. San Diego** 18. Green Bay 19. Miami 20. Arizona 21. Baltimore* 22. Carolina* 23. San Francisco* 24. Kansas City* 25. Philadelphia* 26. Chicago* 27. Cleveland (from Indianapolis)* 28. Cincinnati* 29. New England* 30. New Orleans* 31. Denver* 32. Seattle*
1. Houston 2. St. Louis (from Washington) 3. Atlanta 4. Minnesota 5. Oakland 6. Jacksonville 7. Cleveland 8. Buffalo 9. Tampa Bay 10. Pittsburgh 11. Tennessee 12. St. Louis 13. New York Giants 14. New York Jets 15. San Diego 16. Green Bay 17. Chicago 18. Dallas 19. Miami 20. Arizona 21. Baltimore* 22. Carolina* 23. San Francisco* 24. Kansas City * 25. Detroit* 26. Philadelphia* 27. Cleveland (from Indianapolis)* 28. Cincinnati* 29. New England* 30. New Orleans* 31. Seattle* 32. Denver*