Vikings' draft spot not hurt by win, Minnesota will select 8th in 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings did not hurt their draft stock with Sunday's 14-13 win over the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings have the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft as a bevy of NFL teams in front of them in the draft order also lost their season finales. Pending any late-game comebacks from the current afternoon games, here's the draft order for 2014:
1. Houston Texans (2-14)
2. St. Louis Rams (from 3-13 Washington Redskins)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)
4. Cleveland Browns (4-12)
5. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
6. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
8. Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)
The rest (no order): Buffalo Bills (6-10), Tennessee Titans (7-9), New York Giants (7-9), Detroit Lions (7-9), St. Louis Rams (7-9), Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) and New York Jets (8-8).
The Texans locked up the No. 1 overall pick with their 14th straight loss on Sunday, this time to the Tennessee Titans. The St. Louis Rams will have the No. 2 overall pick virtue of the 2012 trade that ultimately landed quarterback Robert Griffin III for the Redskins.
The Jaguars, Browns, Raiders, Falcons and Buccaneers all lost on Sunday, making the Vikings' would-be loss to the Lions inconsequential to their draft position.