January 19, 2021

Updated 2021 NFL Draft Order and Tiebreaking Procedures

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It’s never too early to look ahead to the NFL Draft to be held in...

It’s never too early to look ahead to the NFL Draft to be held in Cleveland in late April. With the NFL season underway, the current 2021 NFL Draft order will be fluid and changing weekly. So check back here frequently for the most up-to-date draft order. The order will be based on current records and use each team’s full 16-game strength of schedule rather than only calculating the strength of schedule based on opponents that teams have already played, therefore providing a far more accurate representation of the actual draft order.

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Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round One

Order as of Dec 2 at 8:00 PM ET. Complete tiebreaking procedures can be found below the 2021 NFL Draft order.

1. New York Jets (0-11)

Strength of Schedule: .591
Remaining Games: LV, @SEA, @LAR, CLE, @NE

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)

Strength of Schedule: .554
Remaining Games: @MIN, TEN, @BAL, CHI, @IND

3. Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1)

Strength of Schedule: .537
Remaining Games: @MIA, DAL, PIT, @HOU, BAL

4. Dallas Cowboys (3-8)

Strength of Schedule: .486
Remaining Games: @BAL, @CIN, SF, PHI, @NYG

5. Los Angeles Chargers (3-8)

Strength of Schedule: .492
Remaining Games: NE, ATL, @LV, DEN, @KC

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1)

Strength of Schedule: .526
Remaining Games: @GB, NO, @ARI, @DAL, WSH

7. Carolina Panthers (4-8)

Strength of Schedule: .534
Remaining Games: BYE, DEN, @GB, @WSH, NO

8. Washington Football Team (4-7)

Strength of Schedule: .466
Remaining Games: @PIT, @SF, SEA, CAR, @PHI

9. Detroit Lions (4-7)

Strength of Schedule: .506
Remaining Games: @CHI, GB, @TEN, TB, MIN

10. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

Strength of Schedule: .533
Remaining Games: NO, @LAC, TB, @KC, @TB

11. Miami Dolphins (from Houston 4-7)

Strength of Schedule (HOU): .548
Remaining Games (HOU): IND, @CHI, @IND, CIN, TEN

12. Denver Broncos (4-7)

Strength of Schedule: .567
Remaining Games: @KC, @CAR, BUF, @LAC, LV

13. Chicago Bears (5-6)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Remaining Games: DET, HOU, @MIN, @JAC, GB

14. Minnesota Vikings (5-6)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Remaining Games: JAC, @TB, CHI, @NO, @DET

15. New England Patriots (5-6)

Strength of Schedule: .506
Remaining Games: @LAC, @LAR, @MIA, BUF, NYJ

16. San Francisco 49ers (5-6)

Strength of Schedule: .531
Remaining Games: BUF, WSH, @DAL, @ARI, SEA

17. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)

Strength of Schedule: .522
Remaining Games: @NYJ, IND, LAC, MIA, @DEN

18. Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Strength of Schedule: .526
Remaining Games: DAL, @CLE, JAX, NYG, @CIN

19. New York Giants (4-7)

Strength of Schedule: .489
Remaining Games: @SEA, ARI, CLE, @BAL, DAL

20. Arizona Cardinals (6-5)

Strength of Schedule: .466
Remaining Games: LAR, @NYG, PHI, SF, @LAR

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)

Strength of Schedule: .506
Remaining Games: BYE, MIN, @ATL, @DET, ATL

22. Miami Dolphins (7-4)

Strength of Schedule: .446
Remaining Games: CIN, KC, NE, @LV, @BUF

23. Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

Strength of Schedule: .463
Remaining Games: @HOU, @LVR, HOU, @PIT, JAC

24. Cleveland Browns (8-3)

Strength of Schedule: .452
Remaining Games: @TEN, BAL, @NYG, @NYJ, PIT

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams 7-4)

Strength of Schedule (LAR): .477
Remaining Games (LAR): @ARI, NE, NYJ, @SEA, ARI

26. New York Jets (from Seattle 8-3)

Strength of Schedule (SEA): .452
Remaining Games (SEA): NYG, ARI, @WSH, LAR, @SF

27. Tennessee Titans (8-3)

Strength of Schedule: .486
Remaining Games: CLE, @JAC, DET, @GB, @HOU

28. Buffalo Bills (8-3)

Strength of Schedule: .523
Remaining Games: @SF, PIT, @DEN, @NE, MIA

29. Green Bay Packers (8-3)

Strength of Schedule: .452
Remaining Games: PHI, @DET, CAR, TEN, @CHI

30. Kansas City Chiefs (10-1)

Strength of Schedule: .449
Remaining Games: DEN, @MIA, @NO, ATL, LAC

31. New Orleans Saints (9-2)

Strength of Schedule: .464
Remaining Games: @ATL, @PHI, KC, MIN, @CAR

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)

Strength of Schedule: .452
Remaining Games: WSH, @BUF, @CIN, IND, @CLE

Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Two

33. New York Jets

34. Jacksonville Jaguars

35. Cincinnati Bengals

36. Los Angeles Chargers

37. Dallas Cowboys

38. Philadelphia Eagles

39. Carolina Panthers

40. Detroit Lions

41. Atlanta Falcons

42. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

43. Denver Broncos

44. Washington Football Team

45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota)

46. New England Patriots

47. San Francisco 49ers

48. Chicago Bears

49. Baltimore Ravens

50. Las Vegas Raiders

51. New York Giants

52. Arizona Cardinals

53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

54. Indianapolis Colts

55. Miami Dolphins

56. Cleveland Browns

57. LA Rams

58. Tennessee Titans

59. Buffalo Bills

60. Seattle Seahawks

61. Green Bay Packers

62. Kansas City Chiefs

63. New Orleans Saints

64. Pittsburgh Steelers

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How the 2021 NFL Draft order is determined

The NFL Draft order is determined by the reverse order of each team’s finish that season. The teams that do not qualify for the playoffs are assigned picks 1 through 18. Teams reaching the playoffs are assigned picks 19 through 32 based on their postseason finish.

  • The six teams eliminated in the Wild Card round will be assigned picks 19-24 based on regular season record.
  • The four teams eliminated in the Divisional round will be assigned picks 25-28 based on regular season record.
  • The two teams eliminated in the Conference Championships will be assigned picks 29 and 30 based on regular season record.
  • The team that loses the Super Bowl will be assigned pick 31.
  • The Super Bowl champion will be assigned pick 32.

2021 NFL Draft order tiebreaking procedures

In situations where teams finish the regular season with identical records, draft position is determined by strength of schedule — defined as the aggregate winning percentage of a team’s opponents. The team with the lower strength of schedule will be awarded the higher pick to break the tie.

If the teams with identical regular season records also have the same strength of schedule, division or conference tiebreakers are applied to determine which team will be awarded the higher pick.

Division Tiebreaking Procedures

If a tie remains between teams with both the same record and the same strength of schedule, and the teams are from the same division, then the division tiebreaking procedures are followed:

  1. Head-to-head record: the team with the worse record in games played against each other is awarded the higher pick in the NFL draft order.
  2. Winning percentage in games played within the division: the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the higher pick.
  3. Winning percentage in common games: the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the higher pick.
  4. Winning percentage in games played within the conference: the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the higher pick.
  5. Strength of victory: the aggregate winning percentage for opponents each team defeated is calculated and the team with the lower strength of victory is awarded the higher pick.

Conference Tiebreaking Procedures

If a tie remains between teams with both the same record and the same strength of schedule, and the teams are from the same conference but not the same division, then the conference tiebreaking procedures are followed:

  1. Head-to-head record: the team with the worse record in games played against each other is awarded the higher pick in the NFL draft order.
  2. Winning percentage in games played within the conference: the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the higher pick.
  3. Winning percentage in common games (min of 4): the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the higher pick.
  4. Strength of victory: the aggregate winning percentage for opponents each team defeated is calculated and the team with the lower strength of victory is awarded the higher pick.

Non-Conference Tiebreaking Procedures

If a tie remains between teams with both the same record and the same strength of schedule, and the teams are not from the same conference, then the following tiebreaking procedures are followed:

  1. Head-to-head record: the team with the worse record in games played against each other is awarded the higher pick in the NFL draft order.
  2. Winning percentage in common games (min of 4): the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the higher pick.
  3. Strength of victory: the aggregate winning percentage for opponents each team defeated is calculated and the team with the lower strength of victory is awarded the higher pick.
  4. Combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed in all games: For example, if Team A is ranked 15th in points scored and 20th in points allowed, Team A’s combined ranking would be 35. If Team B is ranked 13th in points scored and 21st in points allowed, Team B’s combined ranking would be 34. Team B’s combined ranking is better, so Team A would be awarded the higher pick.

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