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With loss, Bucs will pick 7th in NFL Draft



NEW ORLEANS -- After finishing a 4-12 season with a 42-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday, the Bucs will have the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Bucs were one of five teams to finish 4-12, along with Jacksonville, Atlanta, Oakland and Cleveland, but the Bucs will pick last out of those five teams because of strength of schedule -- their opponents collectively won 57.3 percent of their games, slightly ahead of the other teams.

Sunday's outcomes also lined up the final two opponents for the Bucs' 2014 schedule -- after finishing fourth in the NFC South, losing a tiebreaker with the Falcons, the Bucs will face two other last-place teams, with a home game against the St. Louis Rams (who beat the Bucs last week) and a road game at the Washington Redskins.

Tampa Bay has its six division games against Carolina, Atlanta and New Orleans in 2014, along with five home games: Green Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and St. Louis; and road games at Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 8:59pm]


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