Oakland Raiders' NFL Draft rooting interests

By Josh Walfish
James Lang- USA TODAY Sports

At this point in the season, fans of non-playoff teams are rooting for their team to get the best possible pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. This desire is intensified when the team is battling for a top-5 pick like the Oakland Raiders are at the moment. If the season ended today, Oakland would have the third overall pick, but there is still one more game to be played.

There is no way for the Raiders to get the first or second pick in the NFL Draft because the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars have two fewer wins than Oakland. In addition, the Raiders will pick at No. 5 in the worst case scenario because they can have a maximum of five wins this season and have the worst opponent’s winning percentage of any team with four or five wins.

Therefore, the simplest scenario involves the Raiders losing. If Oakland loses on Sunday to the San Diego Chargers then they will own the No. 3 pick in the draft. It may be the hardest scenario for Raiders’ fans to cheer for, but it is the easiest one to determine Oakland’s draft position.

An Oakland win complicates things greatly because the Raiders’ draft position would hinge on how the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions do in their games. If both the Eagles and Lions lose then the Raiders would pick at No. 5. If only one of those teams loses then Oakland picks at No. 4. If both teams miraculously win then the Raiders would reclaim the No. 3 pick as the team with the worst opponent’s winning percentage.


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