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Updated 2021 NFL Draft order and tiebreaking procedures

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

NFL Draft Order 2021
Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com

The NFL Draft to be held in Cleveland is just months away. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Super Bowl 55 champions. With the 2020 NFL season officially in the rearview mirror, the final 2021 NFL Draft order comes into focus.

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Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round One

Order as of February 18 at 5:45 AM ET. Complete tiebreaking procedures are below the 2021 NFL Draft order.

Once the compensatory picks are known, the full seven-round 2021 NFL Draft order will be listed. Until then, only the top 95 selections are listed.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

2. New York Jets (2-14)

3. Miami Dolphins (from Houston 4-12)

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

11. New York Giants (6-10)

12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

15. New England Patriots (7-9)

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

19. Washington Football Team (7-9)

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

23. New York Jets (from Seattle 12-4)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams 10-6)

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

29. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

30. Buffalo Bills (13-3)

31. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Two

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

34. New York Jets

35. Atlanta Falcons

36. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

37. Philadelphia Eagles

38. Cincinnati Bengals

39. Carolina Panthers

40. Denver Broncos

41. Detroit Lions

42. New York Giants

43. San Francisco 49ers

44. Dallas Cowboys

45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota)

46. New England Patriots

47. Los Angeles Chargers

48. Las Vegas Raiders

49. Arizona Cardinals

50. Miami Dolphins

51. Washington Football Team

52. Chicago Bears

53. Tennessee Titans

54. Indianapolis Colts

55. Pittsburgh Steelers

56. Seattle Seahawks

57. Los Angeles Rams

58. Baltimore Ravens

59. Cleveland Browns

60. New Orleans Saints

61. Buffalo Bills

62. Green Bay Packers

63. Kansas City Chiefs

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Three

65. Jacksonville Jaguars

66. New York Jets

67. Houston Texans

68. Atlanta Falcons

69. Cincinnati Bengals

70. Philadelphia Eagles

71. Denver Broncos

72. Detroit Lions

73. Carolina Panthers

74. Washington Football Team (from San Francisco)

75. Dallas Cowboys

76. New York Giants

The New England Patriots forfeited their third-round pick as punishment for illegally filming the field and sidelines of a 2019 game between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

77. Los Angeles Chargers

78. Minnesota Vikings

79. Arizona Cardinals

80. Las Vegas Raiders

81. Miami Dolphins

82. Washington Football Team

83. Chicago Bears

84. Philadelphia Eagles (from Indianapolis)

85. Tennessee Titans

86. New York Jets (from Seattle)

87. Pittsburgh Steelers

88. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)

89. Cleveland Browns

90. Minnesota Vikings (from Baltimore)

91. Cleveland Browns (from New Orleans)

92. Green Bay Packers

93. Buffalo Bills

94. Kansas City Chiefs

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There are already four compensatory picks known as part of the 2021 NFL Draft order. These are due to the NFL Resolution JC-2A, which rewards teams for developing minority candidates. These draft picks are awarded at the end of the third round, following the standard compensatory selections. They are awarded in the order of the first round.

These selections are in addition to the standard 32 compensatory selections awarded. However, they are not included above, as the number of the pick will not be known until the standard compensatory picks are awarded. The four additional picks are:

  • San Francisco 49ers: additional selections also awarded in 2022 and 2023. These were awarded following Robert Saleh and Martin Mayhew being hired by the Jets and Washington, respectively.
  • Los Angeles Rams: additional selection also awarded in 2022. These were awarded following Brad Holmes being hired by the Lions.
  • Baltimore Ravens: additional selection also awarded in 2022. These were awarded following David Culley being hired by the Texans.
  • New Orleans Saints: additional selection also awarded in 2022. These were awarded following Terry Fontenot being hired by the Falcons.

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 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 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 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 (min of 4): 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 (min of 4): 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.

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