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New draft order would improve Pats by three spots

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
DANA POINT, Calif. -- For all of those with a tendency to whine every time something goes the New England Patriots' way -- this week it was compensatory draft picks and stricter roughing-the-passer policies because of what happened to Tom Brady -- here's another development that would have helped the Team Everybody Loves to Hate.

The NFL on Wednesday voted to alter the draft order to reflect whether teams reach the playoffs and when they're knocked out as opposed to record alone.

The Patriots went 11-5, but failed to make the playoffs because they lost a tiebreaker to the Miami Dolphins, who also finished 11-5.

If the newly adopted system were in place this year, the Patriots would improve from No. 23 to No. 20.

The Dolphins, ousted by the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round, would move up from No. 25 to No. 23.

The New York Jets would move up from No. 17 to No. 16 because the San Diego Chargers would topple from No. 16 to No. 25.

The Buffalo Bills would remain at No. 11.

Courtesy of Keith Hawkins of ESPN Research, here's a side-by-side comparison of picks 21-32.