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Updated 2022 NFL Draft Order: Will the Lions or Jaguars clinch the first overall pick?

What is the updated 2022 NFL Draft order at halftime of the early games in Week 18? How do the Jaguars and Lions clinch the No. 1 pick?

The Jacksonville Jaguars clinched the top spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order despite a victory in their Week 18 game. The Detroit Lions victory against the Green Bay Packers meant they stayed in the second spot. Let’s take a look at how the 2022 NFL Draft order currently shapes up with a handful of games left to play in the regular season.

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2022 NFL Draft Order

This 2022 NFL Draft order was last updated on January 10 at 12:25 AM ET following all of Week 18’s game action.

Round 1 | Picks 1-16

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)
2. Detroit Lions (3-13-1)
3. Houston Texans (4-13)
4. New York Jets (4-13)
5. New York Giants (4-13)
6. Carolina Panthers (5-12)
7. New York Giants from Chicago (6-11)
8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
9. Denver Broncos (7-10)
10. New York Jets from Seattle (7-10)
11. Washington Football Team (7-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (8-9)
13. Cleveland Browns (8-9)
14. Baltimore Ravens (8-9)
15. Philadelphia Eagles from Miami (9-8)
16. Philadelphia Eagles from Indianapolis (9-8)

Round 1 | Picks 17-32

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)
18. New Orleans Saints (9-8)
19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
21. New England Patriots (10-7)
22. Miami Dolphins from San Francisco (10-7)
23. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)
24. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
25. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
26. Buffalo Bills (11-6)
27. Detroit Lions from LA Rams (12-5)
28. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
29. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
31. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
32. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

How could the Jaguars and Lions clinch the No. 1 spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order entering Sunday?

Unlike previous years, the race for the No. 1 overall pick is not that complicated. Thanks to the Lions’ tie with the Steelers, there is no way the two teams can end with the same win percentage. The only way the two sides can end up with the same winning percentage is if one of the two games ends in a tie.

If that were to happen in the Jaguars-Colts game, Jacksonville would be tied with Detroit for the No. 1 overall pick, and the NFL Draft tiebreaker procedures would come into play. In essence, the two teams would then be split by their strength of victory. The Jaguars currently have the lower strength of schedule entering Week 18. There would need to be a big swing for that to change this week. Jacksonville’s strength of schedule was 0.520 compared to Detroit’s 0.535.

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Where things get really interesting is if the Lions and Packers tie. Then, the Lions would be 2-13-2. If the Jaguars won, they would be 3-14. Both teams would have the same winning percentage. The Jaguars would likely still have the first pick, but it would make for some initial chaos.

That said, the only way the Lions can get the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft order is to lose, and the Jaguars win. But where is the fun in that?

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.

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