Current NFL draft order 2013: Cowboys just on the outside of the playoff picture

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The Cowboys would pick No. 19 in the 2013 NFL draft if the season were to end today.

With two weeks left to play, no spot in the 2013 NFL draft order has been clinched, but for teams on the edge of the playoffs, the selection range is beginning to come in to focus. If the Dallas Cowboys are unable to make the postseason, they are still likely to have a draft selection in the latter half of the first round.

The Cowboys are one of six teams with an 8-6 record, but the Vikings, Bengals and Giants are all tentatively in the playoffs if the postseason tournament were to begin today. That leaves the Redskins, Cowboys and Bears on the outside looking in, tied for the No. 18 spot in the 2013 NFL draft.

Strength of schedule is the tiebreaker that breaks the tie, and the Cowboys have a relatively strong one due to a division that boasts three teams in playoff contention. Their strength of schedule isn't as strong as the Bears' though, so the Cowboys are currently in line to pick with the No. 19 selection.

If they can make the playoffs, though, every selection after 20 is determined by the team's finish in the postseason.

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