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.

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Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round One

Order as of Sep 18 at 1:00 am ET and currently does not take into account any tiebreakers beyond strength of schedule. Complete tiebreaking procedures can be found below the NFL Draft order.

1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)

Strength of Schedule: .556
Next 4 Weeks: @PHI, JAC, @BAL, @IND

2. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .444
Next 4 Weeks: ATL, @SEA, CLE, NYG

3. New York Giants (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Next 4 Weeks: @CHI, SF, @LAR, @DAL

4. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Next 4 Weeks: @IND, TEN, @HOU, @SEA

5. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Next 4 Weeks: @DAL, CHI, @GB, CAR

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Next 4 Weeks: CAR, @DEN, LAC, @CHI

7. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .556
Next 4 Weeks: LAR, CIN, @SF, @PIT

8. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .556
Next 4 Weeks: MIN, NYJ, @CHI, @CLE

9. Detroit Lions (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .556
Next 4 Weeks: @GB, @ARI, NO, BYE

10. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .562
Next 4 Weeks: @TB, @LAC, ARI, @ATL

11. Miami Dolphins (from Houston 0-1)

Strength of Schedule (HOU): .611
Next 4 Weeks(HOU): BAL, @PIT, MIN, JAC

12. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .647
Next 4 Weeks: BUF, @JAC, SEA, @SF

13. New York Jets (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .647
Next 4 Weeks: SF, @IND, DEN, ARI

14. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .688
Next 4 Weeks: @NYJ, @NYG, PHI, MIA

15. Denver Broncos (0-1)

Strength of Schedule: .688
Next 4 Weeks: @PIT, TB, @NYJ, @NE

16. Cleveland Browns (1-1)

Strength of Schedule: .444
Next 4 Weeks: WSH, @DAL, IND, @PIT

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .400
Next 4 Weeks: DEN, HOU, @TEN, PHI

18. Tennessee Titans (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .444
Next 4 Weeks: JAC, @MIN, PIT, BUF

19. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .312
Next 4 Weeks: DET, @NO, ATL, BYE

20. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .312
Next 4 Weeks: @LV, GB, @DET, LAC

21. Washington Football Team (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .333
Next 4 Weeks: @ARI, @CLE, BAL, LAR

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .444
Next 4 Weeks: @TEN, MIA, @CIN, @HOU

23. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .471
Next 4 Weeks: NO, @NE, BUF, @KC

24. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .5471
Next 4 Weeks: KC, CAR, @TB, @NO

25. Chicago Bears (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .375
Next 4 Weeks: NYG, @ATL, IND, TB

26. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .438
Next 4 Weeks: WSH, DET, @CAR, @NYJ

27. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .450
Next 4 Weeks: @HOU, KC, @WSH, CIN

28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Next 4 Weeks: @LAC, @BAL, NE, LV

29. New York Jets (from Seattle 1-0)

Strength of Schedule (SEA): .438
Next 4 Weeks (SEA): NE, DAL, @MIA, MIN

30. New England Patriots (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .562
Next 4 Weeks: @SEA, LV, @KC, DEN

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams 1-0)

Strength of Schedule (LAR): .500
Next 4 Weeks(LAR): @PHI, @BUF, NYG, @WSH

32. Buffalo Bills (1-0)

Strength of Schedule: .625
Next 4 Weeks: @MIA, LAR, @LV, @TEN

Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Two

33. Cincinnati Bengals

34. Dallas Cowboys

35. New York Giants

36. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota)

37. Atlanta Falcons

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

39. Philadelphia Eagles

40. Indianapolis Colts

41. Detroit Lions

42. Carolina Panthers

43. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

44. Miami Dolphins

45. New York Jets

46. San Francisco 49ers

47. Denver Broncos

48. Cleveland Browns

49. Pittsburgh Steelers

50. Tennessee Titans

51. Green Bay Packers

52. New Orleans Saints

53. Washington Football Team

54. Jacksonville Jaguars

55. Las Vegas Raiders

56. Los Angeles Chargers

57. Chicago Bears

58. Arizona Cardinals

59. Baltimore Ravens

60. Kansas City Chiefs

61. Seattle Seahawks

62. New England Patriots

63. LA Rams

64. Buffalo Bills

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How the 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.

The 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.