NFL Draft Order 2018: Who Miami Dolphins fans should root for Week 17

Kentucky running back Sihiem King is tackled by Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith. This player is going to be on Miami’s radar in a few months. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

If all you care about at this point is NFL Draft positioning, here’s who you should want to win as a Miami Dolphins fan this weekend:

  1. Buffalo Bills over Miami Dolphins (6-9), 4:25 p.m. ET (Bills are 3-point favorites)
  2. Oakland Raiders (6-9) over Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET (Raiders are 8-point underdogs)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) over Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. ET (Bengals are 10-point underdogs)
  4. Denver Broncos (5-10) over Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET (Broncos are 3-point favorites)
  5. New York Jets (5-10) over New England Patriots, 1:00 p.m. ET (Jets are 15.5-point underdogs)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (5-10) over Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET (No line at this time)
  7. Chicago Bears (5-10) over Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET (Bears are 12-point underdogs)
  8. Arizona Cardinals (7-8) over Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET  (Cardinals are 9.5-point underdogs)
  9. Washington Redskins (7-8) over New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. ET (Redskins are 3.5-point favorites)
  10. Green Bay Packers (7-8) over Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET (Packers are 7-point underdogs)

• All odds courtesy of bovada.com

Other notes of interest:

• Miami has the fourth strongest strength of schedule in the NFL this season. This is bad for two reasons. First, they had to play a bunch of good teams. Secondly, the draft order tiebreaker for teams of similar record is that the team which faced a weaker schedule picks higher.

• With a loss, Miami can hope to catch six teams that are currently ahead of them. Miami is currently slated to pick 12th. If Cincinnati and Oakland lose, Miami is probably going to draft behind them. Chicago is a team that could possibly be surpassed if they win, so you should really root for the Bears.

• If Miami loses, they’ll pick no worse than 12th. If Miami wins, they could fall as low as 15th.

• Technically, the Dolphins could draft as high as 6th. Realistically, they could climb as high as 8th.

• Here is an idea of the type of player that would be available in those spots, according to Todd McShay’s first mock draft: 6th (RB Saquon Barkley), 8th (WR Calvin Ridley), 12th (CB Denzel Ward), 15th (LB Roquan Smith).

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