NFL Draft Order 2022: Updated first-round picks and tiebreaking procedures

The NFL Draft order for 2022 is updated after each slate of games throughout the 2021 NFL season. Here's where your favorite team is picking.

The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28 through April 30 in Las Vegas. All through the 2021 season, the draft order for the first round will be regularly updated. You can also find the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures for draft picks under the current order. After you review the current 2022 NFL Draft order, be sure to head over to the 100% free Pro Football Network NFL Mock Draft Simulator to run a few mock drafts of your own.

Note: When strength of schedule tiebreaker is applied below, a team’s strength of schedule is based on all 17 of their opponents, not just those already played.

NFL Draft Order for 2022

1. Detroit Lions (0-6)
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami 1-5)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)
4. Houston Texans (1-5)
5. New York Giants (1-5)
6. New York Jets (1-4)
7. New England Patriots (2-4)
8. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4)
9. Indianapolis Colts (2-4, would be traded to Philadelphia if Colts make playoffs)
10. New York Jets (from Seattle 2-4)

11. Washington Football Team (2-4)
12. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
13. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 2-3)
14. Denver Broncos (3-3)
15. Carolina Panthers (3-3)
16. New York Giants (from Chicago 3-3)
17. Cleveland Browns (3-3)
18. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3)
19. Minnesota Vikings (3-3)
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)

21. New Orleans Saints (3-2)
22. Buffalo Bills (4-2)
23. Tennessee Titans (4-2)
24. Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
25. Las Vegas Raiders (4-2)
26. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1)
28. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams 5-1)
29. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
30. Green Bay Packers (5-1)
31. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
32. Arizona Cardinals (6-0)

How the 2022 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 receive picks 19 through 32 based on a combination of their postseason finish and regular-season record.

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

NFL Draft 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 gets 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 gets the higher pick in the draft order.
  2. Winning percentage in games played within the division: the team with the lower winning percentage gets the higher pick.
  3. Win percentage in common games: the team with the lower winning percentage gets the higher pick.
  4. Winning percentage in games played within the conference: the team with the lower winning percentage gets 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 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 gets the higher pick in the NFL Draft order.
  2. Winning percentage in games played within the conference: the team with the lower winning percentage gets the higher pick.
  3. Winning percentage in common games (minimum of four): the team with the lower winning percentage gets 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 gets the higher pick in the NFL Draft order.
  2. Winning percentage in common games (minimum of four): the team with the lower winning percentage gets 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.

Matt Infante is Pro Football Network’s Chief Operating Officer. You can follow him on Twitter: @MattyInfante.

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