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NFL Draft Order 2015: Buccaneers have top pick by the slimmest of margins

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The Bucs have the top pick in the 2015 NFL draft, for now. But it's incredibly close. Keep an eye on this post as we'll be updating it once more results are in.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hanging on to the number one pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, at least this week. With the Tennessee Titans at number two, the Bucs are guaranteed the top pick as long as they lose to the New Orleans Saints next week.

With Oakland's win over the Buffalo Bills, the Raiders cannot earn the number one overall pick. And thanks to that win, the Bucs will pick no lower than second overall, even if they beat the New Orleans Saints next week. The same appears to be true for the Titans, who hold a four-game strength of schedule lead over the Jaguars -- I am not absolutely certain of this,  however.

Both the Bucs and Titans desperately need a quarterback, but Tennessee is rumored to be going after Jay Cutler which would change things quite a bit. They could decide to auction off their top pick to the highest bidder if they think Cutler is the answer to their quarterback conundrum.

The race for the first overall pick will come down to week 17, when the Bucs face the New Orleans Saints with nothing left to play for and the Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts, who still can improve their playoff seed.

Last updated: Monday, 12/22/2014, 10:46 a.m.

Pick Team Record Strength of Schedule
1 TB 2 - 13 114 - 122 - 3 0.4833
2 TEN 2 - 13 118 - 120 - 1 0.4958
3 JAX 3 - 12 122 - 116 - 1 0.5126
4 NYJ 3 - 12 132 - 107 0.5523
5 OAK 3 - 12 137 - 101 0.5756
6 WAS 4 - 11 118 - 122 0.4917
7 CHI 5 - 10 125 - 114 - 1 0.5229
8 ATL 6 - 9 113 - 123 - 3 0.4791
9 MIN 6 - 9 115 - 124 - 1 0.4812
10 NO 6 - 9 114 - 122 - 3 0.4833
11 NYG 6 - 9 123 - 117 0.5125
12 STL 6 - 9 127 - 112 0.5314
13 CLE 7 - 8 110 - 125 - 3 0.4685
14 SF 7 - 8 128 - 111 0.5356
15 HOU 8 - 7 106 - 132 - 1 0.4456
16 MIA 8 - 7 122 - 117 0.5105
17 KC 8 - 7 124 - 114 0.521
18 CLE via BUF 8 - 7 125 - 114 0.523
19 BAL 9 - 6 112 - 123 - 3 0.4769
20 PHI 9 - 6 117 - 122 - 1 0.4896
21 SD 9 - 6 122 - 116 0.5126
22 GB 11 - 4 115 - 124 - 1 0.4812
23 PIT 10 - 5 104 - 131 - 3 0.4433
24 ARI 11 - 4 126 - 113 0.5272
25 CAR 6 - 8 - 1 116 - 122 - 1 0.4874
26 IND 10 - 5 114 - 123 - 1 0.4811
27 CIN 9 - 4 - 1 118 - 120 - 1 0.4958
28 DAL 11 - 4 107 - 133 0.4458
29 DET 11 - 4 112 - 127 - 1 0.4688
30 DEN 11 - 3 125 - 113 - 1 0.5251
31 SEA 11 - 4 126 - 112 - 1 0.5293
32 NE 12 - 3 121 - 116 - 1 0.5105