The NFL today released two important pieces of information for the 2012 season. The first is the tentative first-round draft order.
And unlike the previous two seasons when the Jets were stuck in the 29th/30th slots due to their advance to the AFC Championship Games, this year the Green & White are in the middle of the pack.
The Jets’ first-round selection is 16th overall. They received that slot right around the first rounds midway point due to their finish in a pack of seven 8-8 teams. The ties for draft position are broken by strength of schedule, with the weaker SOS teams selecting first. The Jets, with a .500 strength of schedule (128-128), came in right in the middle of this septet, with that rung being No. 16.
In succeeding rounds, clubs in a tied segment move up one position, with the team at the top of the tied segment dropping to the bottom. That means that at the moment in Round 2 the Jets would select 47th, then in Round 3 they’d come in at 78th.
We still don’t have the Jets’ official list of draft picks but we’ll pass that on as soon as we can.
The other 2012 info is the official release of each team’s list of opponents. We posted the unofficial list of foes at the end of Sunday night’s Jets-Dolphins game story (and corrected an early error — the Jets will host San Diego as the No. 2 team from the AFC West, not Oakland).
For those who missed it, the Jets’ 2012 opponents, which include the four teams from each of the AFC South and NFC West, are:
Home — Buffalo, Miami, New England, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Arizona, San Francisco.
Away — Buffalo, Miami, New England, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle.
And although the opponents’ strength of schedule is not a strong indicator of how tough a team’s schedule will be, many like to get an idea of the strength of that schedule anyway. And the above opponents have a combined SOS of .492 (126-130).
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