It's never too early to take a look at the projected NFL Draft order, especially if you're a fan of one of the 20 teams that will no be participating in the NFL Playoffs.
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After Week 16, here is how it shapes up for Round 1.
|4||Cleveland (via HOU)||4-11|
|24||Buffalo (via KC)||9-6|
- Ties are broken by strength of schedule, then winning percentage versus conference opponents, then winning percentage versus division opponents. If a tie remains, a coin flip will determine which of the tied teams drafts first.
- Picks 1-20 are slotted for non-playoff teams
- Picks 21-32 will change after the regular season depending on playoff results. based on which round teams were eliminated. For teams eliminated in the same round, revert to regular season winning percentage.
- Picks 25-28 are reserved for the losers of Divisional Round playoff games, ordered using the above criteria.
- Picks 21-24 are reserved for the losers of Wild Card Round playoff games, ordered using the above criteria.
- The Conference Championship Round losers will own picks 29 and 30, ordered using the above criteria.
- The Super Bowl winner will own the No. 32 overall pick, regardless of regular season record. The Super Bowl runner-up will own the No. 31 overall pick, regardless of regular season record.
- The highest assigned pick the Eagles can own is No. 28. The highest the Patriots can own is 27. The highest pick the Vikings can own is No. 26. The highest pick the Steelers can own is No. 25.
- Teams are still jockeying for playoff positioning, so the above picks will change one more time at the end of the regular season.
- The Browns have clinched the No. 1 overall pick and currently are sitting in the No. 4 spot, too. But a Houston win over Indianapolis Sunday likely pushes that pick back one spot, depending on how Tampa Bay fairs at home versus New Orleans. If the Bucs lose and the Texans win, the Browns will own the No. 5 pick, instead.
- Three teams, Seahawks, Chargers, Bills, currently projected to have a Top-20 pick have a chance to make the postseason and fall into the 21-24 at the highest. Of course, that also means three teams (Tennessee, Baltimore, Atlanta) currently projected to pick between 21-24 still may end up in the Top 20. All three control their own destiny.
- Buffalo acquired the No. 25 pick from the Chiefs last April in the trade that landed Kansas City the No. 10 pick that became Patrick Mahomes.
- The Browns acquired the No. 4/5 pick from the Texans in the trade that landed Houston the No. 12 pick that became Deshaun Watson.
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