Bears, Broncos, Falcons and Texans All Involved In NFL Draft Coin Flips
A coin flip to determine whether the Broncos will have the No. 10 or No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 draft will be held here Friday at the NFL scouting combine. The flip will actually be made between the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, who each had 7-9 records last season.
Teams that are tied for a draft pick must alternate each round, which is why the flip is between the Bears and Jags. To wit: If the Bears win the flip, they will have pick No. 10 and Jacksonville would select No. 11 in the first round; Jacksonville would have the No. 10 pick in the second round, and the Bears No. 11, and so on.
The Bears traded their first-round pick to the Broncos in the Jay Cutler deal. They also traded their second-round pick to Tampa Bay for Gaines Adams, who died recently of heart failure.
Thus, the Bears are actually flipping for the Broncos in the first round. This is one of those coin flips where the winner may be the loser _ the difference in guaranteed money between the No. 10 and 11 pick in the NFL slot system is at least $2 million.
The Broncos are expected to take a defensive lineman, linebacker, or possibly a quarterback with their first-round pick this year.
The Falcons and Texans will hold a coin flip at the Combine on Friday to determine which team drafts 19th, and who goes 20th.
Both teams are in the market for defensive backs and interior defensive linemen. Atlanta needs a reliable corner badly, while Houston’s biggest hole in the secondary appears to be free safety. The Texans also need a tailback.