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2021 NFL Draft Order: Tiebreaking procedures and updated list of all 259 picks

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 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland is just days 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. After you review the current 2021 NFL Draft order, be sure to head over to the Pro Football Network free NFL Mock Draft Simulator to run a few mock drafts of your own.

Current 2021 NFL Draft Order | Round One

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

2. New York Jets (2-14)

3. San Francisco 49ers (6-10) (from Miami through Houston Texans)

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

6. Miami Dolphins (10-6) (from Philadelphia)

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. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1) (from Miami Dolphins through San Francisco)

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. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City 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. Kansas City Chiefs (from Baltimore)

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. Las Vegas Raiders (from Arizona)

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. 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. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City)

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

96. New England Patriots

97. Los Angeles Chargers

98. New Orleans Saints

99. Dallas Cowboys

100. Tennessee Titans

101. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams)

102. San Francisco 49ers

103. Los Angles Rams

104. Baltimore Ravens

105. New Orleans Saints

2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Four

106. Jacksonville Jaguars

107. New York Jets

108. Atlanta Falcons

109. Houston Texans

110. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

111. Cincinnati Bengals

112. Detroit Lions

113. Carolina Panthers

114. Denver Broncos

115. Dallas Cowboys

116. New York Giants

117. San Francisco 49ers

118. Los Angeles Chargers

119. Minnesota Vikings

120. New England Patriots

121. Las Vegas Raiders

122. New England Patriots (from Arizona through Houston)

123. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami)

124. Washington Football Team

125. Minnesota Vikings (from Chicago)

126. Tennessee Titans

127. Indianapolis Colts

128. Pittsburgh Steelers

129. Seattle Seahawks

130. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams)

131. Baltimore Ravens

132. Cleveland Browns

133. New Orleans Saints

134. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo)

135. Green Bay Packers

136. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City)

137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

138. Dallas Cowboys

139. New England Patriots

140. Pittsburgh Steelers

141. Los Angeles Rams

142. Green Bay Packers

143. Minnesota Vikings

144. Kansas City Chiefs

2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Five

145. Jacksonville Jaguars

146. New York Jets

147. Houston Texans

148. Atlanta Falcons

149. Cincinnati Bengals

150. Philadelphia Eagles

151. Carolina Panthers

152. Denver Broncos

153. Detroit Lions

154. New York Jets (from New York Giants)

155. San Francisco 49ers

156. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia through Dallas)

157. Minnesota Vikings

158. Houston Texans (from New England)

159. Los Angeles Chargers

160. Arizona Cardinals

161. Buffalo Bills (from Las Vegas)

162. Las Vegas Raiders (from Miami)

163. Washington Football Team

164. Chicago Bears

165. Indianapolis Colts

166. Tennessee Titans

167. Las Vegas Raiders (from Seattle)

168. Minnesota Vikings (from Pittsburgh through Baltimore)

169. Cleveland Browns (from LA Rams)

170. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Cleveland)

171. Baltimore Ravens

172. San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans)

173. Green Bay Packers

174. Buffalo Bills

175. Kansas City Chiefs

176. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

177. New England Patriots

178. Green Bay Packers

179. Dallas Cowboys

180. San Francisco 49ers

181. Kansas City Chiefs

182. Atlanta Falcons

183. Atlanta Falcons

184. Baltimore Ravens

2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Six

185. Los Angeles Chargers (from Jacksonville through Tennessee)

186. New York Jets

187. Atlanta Falcons

188. New England Patriots (from Houston)

189. Philadelphia Eagles

190. Cincinnati Bengals

191. Carolina Panthers (from Denver)

192. Dallas Cowboys (from Detroit)

193. Carolina Panthers

194. San Francisco 49ers

195. Houston Texans (from Dallas through New England)

196. New York Giants

197. New England Patriots

198. Los Angeles Chargers

199. Minnesota Vikings

200. Las Vegas Raiders

201. New York Giants (from Arizona)

202. Cincinnati Bengals (from Miami through Houston)

203. Houston Texans (from Washington through Las Vegas and Miami)

204. Chicago Bears

205. Tennessee Titans

206. Indianapolis Colts

207. Kansas City Chiefs (from Pittsburgh through Miami)

208. Chicago Bears (from Seattle through Miami)

209. Los Angeles Rams

210. Baltimore Ravens

211. Cleveland Browns

212. Houston Texans (from New Orleans)

213. Buffalo Bills

214. Green Bay Packers

215. Tennessee Titans (from Kansas City)

216. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Tampa Bay)

217. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

218. New Orleans Saints

219. Atlanta Falcons

220. Green Bay Packers

221. Chicago Bears

222. Carolina Panthers

223. Minnesota Vikings

224. Philadelphia Eagles

225. Philadelphia Eagles

226. Carolina Panthers

227. Dallas Cowboys

228. Chicago Bears

2021 NFL Draft Order | Round Seven

229. New Orleans Saints (from Jacksonville)

230. San Francisco 49ers (from New York Jets)

231. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

232. Tennessee Titans (from Atlanta through Miami)

233. Houston Texans (from Cincinnati)

234. Philadelphia Eagles

235. Cincinnati Bengals (from Detroit through Seattle)

236. Buffalo Bills (from Carolina)

237. Denver Broncos

238. Dallas Cowboys

239. Denver Broncos (from New York Giants)

240. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco)

241. Los Angeles Chargers

242. New England Patriots

243. Arizona Cardinals

244. Miami Dolphins (from Las Vegas through Washington Football Team)

245. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Miami)

246. Washington Football Team

247. Arizona Cardinals (from Chicago through Las Vegas)

248. Indianapolis Colts

249. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Tennessee)

250. Seattle Seahawks

251. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Pittsburgh)

252. Los Angeles Rams

253. Denver Broncos (from Cleveland)

254. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Baltimore)

255. New Orleans Saints

256. Green Bay Packers

257. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)

258. Washington Football Team (from Kansas City through Miami)

259. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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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