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Draft order: Vikings No. 3, Bears No. 19

Fans from half of the NFC North have already turned their attention to the 2012 draft, for which I can offer you the slightest of morsels to chew on.

We've already noted that the Minnesota Vikings will have the No. 3 overall pick as the only 3-13 team in the NFL. And according to ESPN Stats & Information projections, the Chicago Bears will draft No. 19 regardless of the outcome of Sunday night's game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears have the lowest priority among the NFL's seven 8-8 teams because they had the best strength of schedule (.527) from that group. The 8-8 team with the lowest strength of schedule is the Arizona Cardinals, who will pick No. 13.

Draft positioning for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers will be determined when their playoff seasons conclude.

Note: Years from now, we can note whether this fact has any historical significance: The Vikings finished with a lower strength of schedule than the 2-14 St. Louis Rams. That means the Vikings would have had the No. 2 pick had they not defeated the Washington Redskins in Week 16.