Raiders currently hold third overall draft pick

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The season is coming to a close which means the 2012 draft picture is becoming more clear. And currently it has the Raiders picking third overall.

The Raiders sat in the third spot last week and that position remained unchanged this week with their win over the Chiefs. It simply makes it very unlikely they would move up from that spot. Here is how the top five picks look currently:

1. Kansas City Chiefs - 2-12 (.469 SOS)

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - 2-12 (.541 SOS)

3. Oakland Raiders - 4-10 (.469 SOS)

4. Philadelphia Eagles - 4-10 (.505 SOS)

5. Detroit Lions - 4-10 (.546 SOS)

The strength of schedule (SOS) is ever changing as other teams win and lose. For instance, the Raiders sat with the number four overall pick for one day until the Titans won on Monday Night to raise the Lions' strength of schedule. But currently the Raiders have the easiest schedule of the three 4-10 teams and therefore sit with the number three spot.

The Raiders still have yet to play the Panthers in Carolina and the Chargers in San Diego to finish out the season. If they lose out, they are likely to keep the third overall pick. They don't have a second round pick so they would have the number 3 and 67 overall picks.

The Jags and Chiefs would have to win their final two games to fall out of the top two spots and that is very unlikely. The Eagles have two tough match-ups remaining in the Redskins and Giants and the Lions face the Falcons and Bears.

There is a logjam at 5-9 which means if the Raiders were to win one of their final two games, their draft position could drop considerably.

6. San Diego Chargers - 5-9 (.474 SOS)

7. Cleveland Browns - 5-9 (.480 SOS)

8. Buffalo Bills - 5-9 (.500 SOS)

9. Tennessee Titans - 5-9 (.526 SOS)

10. Carolina Panthers - 5-9 (.536 SOS)

11. Arizona Cardinals - 5-9 (.543 SOS)

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 6-8 (.469 SOS)

13. Miami Dolphins - 6-8 (.500 SOS)

14. New York Jets - 6-8 (.526 SOS)

15. New Orleans Saints - 6-8 (.528 SOS)

16. St. Louis Rams - 6-7-1 (.536 SOS)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - 7-7 (.469 SOS)

18. Dallas Cowboys - 8-6 (.515 SOS)

19. New York Giants - 8-6 (.538 SOS)

20. Chicago Bears - 8-6 (.546 SOS)

Teams currently on pace to make the playoffs where elimination will determine the proper order. Minnesota is in due to tiebreakers:

21. Cincinnati Bengals - 8-6 (.429 SOS)

22. Minnesota Vikings - 8-6 (.485 SOS)

23. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - 8-6 (.536 SOS)

24. Seattle Seahawks - 9-5 (.495 SOS)

25. Indianapolis Colts - 9-5 (.449 SOS)

26. Baltimore Ravens - 9-5 (.490 SOS)

27. Green Bay Packers - 10-4 (.510 SOS)

28. New England Patriots - 10-4 (.536 SOS)

29. San Francisco 49ers - 10-3-1 (.500 SOS)

30. Denver Broncos - 11-3 (.485 SOS)

31. Houston Texans - 12-2 (.469 SOS)

32. Atlanta Falcons - 12-2 (.423 SOS)

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