Rams on the clock: Draft order comes into focus

Twenty teams aren’t going to the playoffs and now can concentrate on personnel changes, including who they might take in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Rams (1-15) secured the No. 1 overall pick with Sunday’s 28-6 loss to the 49ers, and the Lions will go second — their eighth top-10 pick in the last 10 years.

The Rams, who have held the second overall pick in the last two drafts, haven’t owned the top selection since 1997, when they drafted OT Orlando Pace. The Rams also drafted first overall in 1963, taking RB Terry Baker, as well as on four other occasions: 1960, 1957, 1952 and 1938.

Here’s the order that teams will make picks in this year’s draft, which is scheduled for April 22-24 in New York.

1. Rams (1-15)
2. Lions (2-14)
3. Buccaneers (3-13)
4. Redskins (4-12)
5. Chiefs (4-12)
6. Seahawks (5-11)
7. Browns (5-11)
8. Raiders (5-11)
9. Bills (6-10)
10t. Jaguars (7-9)
10t. Broncos, from Bears (7-9)
12. Dolphins (7-9)
13. 49ers (8-8)
14. Seahawks, from Broncos (8-8)
15. Giants (8-8)
16t. 49ers, from Panthers (8-8)
16t. Titans (8-8)
18. Steelers (9-7)
19t. Falcons (9-7)
19t. Texans (9-7)

Coin tosses will be used to decide between picks 10-11, 16-17 and 19-20 because the teams had the same strength of schedule and no division or conference tie-breakers to apply.

Picks 21 to 24 will be the wild-card losers. Picks 25 to 28 will be the divisional-round losers. Picks 29-30 will be the conference championship losers. Pick 31 will be the Super Bowl loser. Pick 32 will be the Super Bowl winner.

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