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Baltimore Ravens hold 3rd pick in 2016 NFL Draft after week 15

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A loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens record drops to 4-10. With the drop in record comes a drop in draft position, going from 4th to 3rd overall based on the current strength of schedule for teams played.

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A loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens record drops to 4-10. With the drop in record comes a drop in draft position, going from 4th to 3rd overall based on the current strength of schedule for teams played. Below is a full ranking of the top-10 picks as of the close of week 15.

  1. Tennessee Titans - 3-11 (.492)
  2. Cleveland Browns - 3-11 (.520)
  3. Baltimore Ravens - 4-10 (.490)
  4. San Diego Chargers - 4-10 (.508)
  5. Dallas Cowboys - 4.10 (.554)
  6. San Francisco 49ers - 4-10 (.571)
  7. Detroit Lions - 4-9 (.577)
  8. Miami Dolphins - 5-9 (.449)
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars - 5-9 (.469)
  10. Chicago Bears - 5-9 (.559)
Now of course, this is all based on the strength of schedule tiebreaker for the teams everyone has already faced, but does not take into account the final two games of the season. If we were to do that, the Ravens would still hold the 4th pick in the draft. Though at that point the Ravens (.518), Chargers (.516), Browns (.536), and Titans (.489) are pretty close and a slight adjustment could give the Ravens the second pick in the draft. It would take a single win by the Browns and Titans as well as Baltimore losing out. It's long odds for sure, but it could still happen.

With a top-3 pick, the Ravens would officially have the highest draft selection in the history of the franchise. The Ravens have selected with the fourth overall pick just twice, with the success of the team pushing them into the teens, twenties, or even dead last. Having such a high pick gives general manager Ozzie Newsome a lot of options, from trading down to acquire additional early round picks, to grabbing one of the best players in the draft and likely the Ravens favorite option.

Keep in mind that when the Ravens have been able to select the player they had their hearts set on, they've gotten Pro Bowl talent like C.J. Mosley, Jonathan Ogden, and Ray Lewis.