2008 Draft Update: The NFL ends the confusion
It didn’t take long for people to start posting draft orders (I’m guilty) after the NFL regular season ended on Sunday. Because of the three-way tie (4-12) between Oakland, Atlanta, and Kansas City, people began banging their heads to figure out who would get the 3rd pick overall. Figuring out all these damn draft rules is no simple task. Chinese algebra would be easier.
Well, the NFL has come out today to end all doubt.
Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland had the same strength-of-schedule in the 2007 season. Since Kansas City finished third in the AFC West Division and the Raiders fourth (the tie was broken on the basis of record in common games), the Raiders will draft ahead of the Chiefs.
Atlanta and Oakland will flip a coin for the third position at the NFL Combine in February. If Atlanta wins, the Falcons will draft third, the Raiders fourth, and the Chiefs fifth. If the Raiders win the coin flip, they will draft third, and the Falcons and Chiefs will flip a coin to determine the fourth and fifth positions.
I wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass if the Chiefs jumped ahead of the Raiders. I want Darren McFadden. Kansas City already has Larry Johnson. No worries there. But the Falcons could ruin my wish. Yes, they need a quarterback but McFadden is a player that doesn’t come around often. Also Warrick Dunn’s body isn’t getting any younger.
This coin toss in February means a great deal. I hope Black History Month will be a good time for the Silver and Black.