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NFL Draft order 2013: Vikings would be picking in bottom half of league

As the Minnesota Vikings are locked in a battle for the playoffs, they'd be picking in the bottom half of the NFL if the 2013 NFL Draft to begin today.

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The Minnesota Vikings had the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and they eventually traded down one spot to No. 4, where they drafted offensive tackle Matt Kalil. This time around, they could find themselves picking in the very bottom of teams in the NFL.

Minnesota is still in the playoff hunt, and if they began today, they'd actually hold the No. 6 seed in the NFC. To actually make it, they need an awful lot of things to go right over the final two weeks of the season, but getting in is not terribly unlikely.

As far as the 2013 NFL Draft goes, the Vikings would be picking at No. 22 if it began today, with only the Cincinnati Bengals being a playoff team that would be picking behind them. That is, of course, based on the seeding and the strength of schedule.

Three other 8-6 teams wouldn't be in the playoffs if they started today, and they'd all be picking at spots 18, 19, and 20.

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