Cardinals will pick 13th in 2012 NFL draft

The NFL on Monday announced the order for the first 20 selections in the 2012 draft, with the Cardinals selecting 13th after finishing the season 8-8.

The order for picks 21-32 will be determined by playoff results, with teams losing in the wild-card round selecting from 21-24, teams losing in the divisional round selecting from 25-28, teams losing in the championship round selecting 29th and 30th and the Super Bowl participants selecting 31st and 32nd. The order for the first 20 picks appears below.

The Cardinals had the fifth overall selection in 2011 and chose cornerback Patrick Peterson out of LSU. This year, they select 13th and ahead of six other 8-8 teams by virtue of the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker, with the Cardinals’ opponents having a lower winning percentage than those of any other 8-8 team.

1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
2. St. Louis Rams (2-14)
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13)
4. Cleveland Browns (4-12)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
6. Washington Redskins (5-11)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
8. Carolina Panthers (6-10)*
8. Miami Dolphins (6-10)*
10. Buffalo Bills (7-9)
11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)*
11. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)*
13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
14. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
16. New York Jets (8-8)
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders, 8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (8-8)
19. Chicago Bears (8-8)
20. Tennessee Titans (9-7)

*Selection order will be determined by coin flip at NFL scouting combine because teams finished with identical record and identical opponents’ record.