The final question about the 2017 NFL Draft order has been answered!
A coin toss this afternoon at the NFL Combine broke a tie to determine that the Indianapolis Colts will pick 15th in the upcoming draft. The Philadelphia Eagles, who won the toss, will pick 14th. Colts GM Chris Ballard, Eagles GM Howie Roseman, and Vikings GM Rick Spielman were all in attendance at the coin flip today, and it was Hall of Fame Chiefs guard Will Shileds doing the actual toss.
A coin flip tiebreaker was needed because not only did the Colts and the Vikings finish tied record-wise in the regular season, they also finished tied in the strength of schedule tiebreaker. The next tiebreaker, for whatever reason, is a coin flip. The Vikings, however, had already traded their first round pick to the Eagles in the Sam Bradford deal, meaning that it was actually the Colts and the Eagles waiting to find out their exact pick.
The last time the Colts picked this high in the draft was in 2012, when they had the first overall pick and used it to select Andrew Luck. Before that, the last time they had a pick as high as this was in 2002, when they used the 11th overall pick to take Dwight Freeney. Both of those selections seemed to work out quite well for Indianpaolis, and they’re hoping this year’s pick does too. The Colts have had the number 15 overall selection twice in their history: in 1966 they used it on tackle Sam Bell, while in 1995 they used it on defensive tackle Ellis Johnson.
The first round of this year’s NFL Draft will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The rest of the draft will continue on over April 28 (rounds two and three) and 29 (rounds four through seven).