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Updated 2021 NFL Draft Order and Tiebreaking Procedures

Want to know where your team might pick in 2021? Here is the updated 2021 NFL Draft order, along with the official tiebreaking procedures.

NFL Draft Order 2021
Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com

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 Nov 23 at 11:35 PM ET. Complete tiebreaking procedures can be found below the 2021 NFL Draft order.

1. New York Jets (0-10)

Strength of Schedule: .588
Remaining Games: MIA, LV, @SEA, @LAR, CLE, @NE

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)

Strength of Schedule: .553
Remaining Games: CLE, @MIN, TEN, @BAL, CHI, @IND

3. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)

Strength of Schedule: .534
Remaining Games: NYG, @MIA, DAL, PIT, @HOU, BAL

4. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Strength of Schedule: .472
Remaining Games: WSH, @BAL, @CIN, SF, PHI, @NYG

5. Washington Football Team (3-7)

Strength of Schedule: .475
Remaining Games: @DAL, @PIT, @SF, SEA, CAR, @PHI

6. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7)

Strength of Schedule: .497
Remaining Games: @BUF, NE, ATL, @LV, DEN, @KC

7. New York Giants (3-7)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Remaining Games: @CIN, @SEA, ARI, CLE, @BAL, DAL

8. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)

Strength of Schedule: .549
Remaining Games: LVR, NO, @LAC, TB, @KC, @TB

9. Miami Dolphins (from Houston 3-7)

Strength of Schedule (HOU): .553
Remaining Games (HOU): @DET, IND, @CHI, @IND, CIN, TEN

10. Carolina Panthers (4-7)

Strength of Schedule: .537
Remaining Games: @MIN, BYE, DEN, @GB, @WSH, NO

11. Detroit Lions (4-6)

Strength of Schedule: .500
Remaining Games: HOU, @CHI, GB, @TEN, TB, MIN

12. Minnesota Vikings (4-6)

Strength of Schedule: .506
Remaining Games: CAR, JAC, @TB, CHI, @NO, @DET

13. New England Patriots (4-6)

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

14. San Francisco 49ers (4-6)

Strength of Schedule: .528
Remaining Games: @LAR, BUF, WSH, @DAL, @ARI, SEA

15. Denver Broncos (4-6)

Strength of Schedule: .568
Remaining Games: NO, @KC, @CAR, BUF, @LAC, LV

16. Chicago Bears (5-5)

Strength of Schedule: .494
Remaining Games: @GB, DET, HOU, @MIN, @JAC, GB

17. Miami Dolphins (6-4)

Strength of Schedule: .447
Remaining Games: @NYJ, CIN, KC, NE, @LV, @BUF

18. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)

Strength of Schedule: .516
Remaining Games: @PIT, DAL, @CLE, JAX, NYG, @CIN

19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)

Strength of Schedule: .516
Remaining Games:SEA, @GB, NO, @ARI, @DAL, WSH

20. Arizona Cardinals (6-4)

Strength of Schedule: .457
Remaining Games: @NE, LAR, @NYG, PHI, SF, @LAR

21. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)

Strength of Schedule: .525
Remaining Games: @ATL, @NYJ, IND, LAC, MIA, @DEN

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)

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

23. Indianapolis Colts (7-3)

Strength of Schedule: .459
Remaining Games: TEN, @HOU, @LVR, HOU, @PIT, JAC

24. Cleveland Browns (7-3)

Strength of Schedule: .459
Remaining Games: @JAC, @TEN, BAL, @NYG, @NYJ, PIT

25. New York Jets (from Seattle 7-3)

Strength of Schedule (SEA): .441
Remaining Games (SEA): @PHI, NYG, ARI, @WSH, LAR, @SF

26. Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Strength of Schedule: .454
Remaining Games: CHI, PHI, @DET, CAR, TEN, @CHI

27. Tennessee Titans (7-3)

Strength of Schedule: .491
Remaining Games: @IND, CLE, @JAC, DET, @GB, @HOU

28. Buffalo Bills (7-3)

Strength of Schedule: .519
Remaining Games: LAC, @SF, PIT, @DEN, @NE, MIA

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams 7-3)

Strength of Schedule (LAR): .469
Remaining Games (LAR): SF, @ARI, NE, NYJ, @SEA, ARI

30. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)

Strength of Schedule: .457
Remaining Games: @TB, DEN, @MIA, @NO, ATL, LAC

31. New Orleans Saints (8-2)

Strength of Schedule: .473
Remaining Games: @DEN, @ATL, @PHI, KC, MIN, @CAR

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)

Strength of Schedule: .453
Remaining Games: BAL, WSH, @BUF, @CIN, IND, @CLE

Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Two

33. New York Jets

34. Jacksonville Jaguars

35. Cincinnati Bengals

36. Washington Football Team

37. Los Angeles Chargers

38. New York Giants

39. Atlanta Falcons

40. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

41. Dallas Cowboys

42. Carolina Panthers

43. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota)

44. New England Patriots

45. San Francisco 49ers

46. Denver Broncos

47. Detroit Lions

48. Chicago Bears

49. Baltimore Ravens

50. Miami Dolphins

51. Philadelphia Eagles

52. Las Vegas Raiders

53. Arizona Cardinals

54. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

55. Cleveland Browns

56. Indianapolis Colts

57. Green Bay Packers

58. Tennessee Titans

59. Buffalo Bills

60. Seattle Seahawks

61. LA Rams

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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