Packers Will Be Picking 14th in 2018 NFL Draft

If you're officially in offseason mode and anxious to see where the Green Bay Packers will be picking in April's draft, wait no longer.

After some confusion following the slate of Sunday games, the NFL released the official draft order for the first 20 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Packers, after initially being believed to be in a tie with the Washington Redskins for the 13th pick, will be selecting at 14th overall.

Thanks to wins from both the Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) and Arizona Cardinals (8-8), the Packers were elevated in draft position from where they were originally estimated to be after finishing their season 7-9.

They could've had more help from the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, however, both teams lost.

According to SBNation.com, the Packers were selecting 14th but were in a tie with the Washington Redskins for the 13th slot. Their strength of schedule -- 0.438 -- and conference records -- 5-7 -- are identical for both teams. While that would come down to a coin flip, one more obstacle needed to be cleared: win-loss-tie percentages in common games.

Only once in the last four years have teams had to determine their draft order by a coin flip. It happened last February between the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts for the 15th selection in which the Colts utilized to draft safety Malik Hooker. Evidently, it won't be happening this season.

In the NFL's press release, shared by Bill Huber of PackerReport, the NFL said the tie was broken by conference tie-breakers.

"Since both clubs had the same conference record (5-7), their win-loss-tie percentages in common games is applied. Since Washington (1-4) had a lower win-loss-tie percentage in common games than Green Bay (2-3), the Redskins are given priority in the Draft order."

No matter where the Packers pick, whether it be 13th or 14th, it'll be their highest draft position since 2009 when they drafted nose tackle B.J. Raji at ninth overall.

Their top priority is arguably an edge rusher, and by then, the Packers are expected to have a new defensive coordinator in town, so any decision on who they may draft will be put on hold until that coordinator is in place. At that point, the Packers will be able to draft according to the new coordinator's wants and top fits.

The Packers missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2008, thus leading to their current draft position.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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HankScorpio's picture

January 01, 2018 at 02:53 pm

Before looking for an edge rusher, they'll need to determine whether his hand will be in the dirt or he'll be standing up. Some guys can do either. Some guys are much better one way or the other.

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michaelturi's picture

January 01, 2018 at 03:38 pm

I think switching to a 4-3 would require more personnel change than the Packers want to make at this point in AR's career, at least I hope so. An edge rusher, DL help, and another CB with some motivated players and I think this defence can be good.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 01, 2018 at 05:13 pm

I think they have a workable 4-3 starting front today. Perry-Daniels-Clark-Lowery at DL and Matthews-Martinez-Fackrell/Ryan/Biegel at LB. That group certainly could use more edge rush firepower. But they need that if they stick with a 3-4, too.

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Free agent's picture

January 01, 2018 at 04:38 pm

Looks like TT will still be the GM next season. If so, Ted needs to draft a high impact, game changing star. Please; no more below average, injury prone, underachieving first round players. Can’t afford a whiff with this years high draft pick. There are a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball this offseason.

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badaxed's picture

January 01, 2018 at 05:08 pm

Knowing Ted Thompson he will trade down for more picks then take a true defensive lineman and try to make him into a linebacker who has to cover backs and ends.

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FAN24583's picture

January 01, 2018 at 05:50 pm

Ted Thompson will not be drafting !!! He is assuming a new role in the organization!!! Just announced on NFL network

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FAN24583's picture

January 01, 2018 at 06:13 pm

Heads are rolling!! Finally!! TT is out as GM, DC is fired! It’s a great day! But let’s keep the train rolling!!

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Free agent's picture

January 01, 2018 at 08:31 pm

Looking forward to watching the NFL draft to see the new GM’s first pick.

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David Aures's picture

January 02, 2018 at 12:31 am

Happy Day for Packer Fans. Now let the excitement begin. Long overdue. Lets get back to the Super Bowl. (True packer fan)

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