NFL Draft order for 2021, first 18 picks set

The Jacksonville Jaguars own the No. 1 pick in the 2021 National Football League Draft, which is scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The tentative order of the first round was announced today by the NFL, subject to the results of the playoffs.

The draft order is determined by the following procedures:

(A)            The winner of the Super Bowl selects last and the loser selects next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of the record of the participating clubs in the regular season.

(B)            The losers of the Conference Championship games select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(C)           The losers of the Divisional Playoffs select 25th through 28th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(D)           The losers of the Wild Card games select 19th through 24th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(E)            Clubs not participating in the playoffs select in the first through 18th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.​

If, after all the foregoing procedures have been applied, ties still exist in any grouping except (A) above, such ties shall be broken by figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club’s regular-season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club that faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage.

If ties still exist between teams in the same division or the same conference, the divisional or conference tie-breaking method is used, whichever is applicable.

If ties still exist, the procedures for breaking ties for teams of different conferences shall be applied.

For interconference ties, the draft order is determined by the following procedures:

  1. Ties involving TWO teams from different conferences will be broken by (a) head-to-head meeting; (b) best won-loss-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four, (c) strength of victory in all games, (d) best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed in all games, (e) best net points in all games, (f) best net touchdowns in all games, and finally (g) coin toss.

  2. Ties involving THREE OR MORE clubs from different conferences will be broken by applying (a) divisional tie breakers to determine the lowest-ranked team in a division, (b) conference tie-breakers to determine the lowest-ranked team within a conference, and (c) interconference ties breakers to determine the lowest-ranked team in the league. The process will be repeated until the draft order has been established.

Clubs involved in two-club ties will alternate positions from round to round. In ties that involve three or more clubs, the club at the top of a tied segment in a given round will move to the bottom of the segment for the next round, while all other clubs in the segment move up one position. This rotation continues throughout the Draft.

2021 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER

 

#

Team

Win

Loss

Tie

Winning Percentage

Opp Win

Opp Loss

Opp Tie

Strength of Schedule

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

1

15

0

.063

140

115

1

.549

2.

New York Jets

2

14

0

.125

152

104

0

.594

3.

Houston Texans
(traded to Miami)

4

12

0

.250

138

117

1

.541

4.

Atlanta Falcons

4

12

0

.250

141

115

0

.551

5.

Cincinnati Bengals

4

11

1

.281

135

120

1

.529

6.

Philadelphia Eagles

4

11

1

.281

137

118

1

.537

7.

Detroit Lions

5

11

0

.313

130

126

0

.508

8.

Carolina Panthers

5

11

0

.313

136

120

0

.531

9.

Denver Broncos

5

11

0

.313

145

111

0

.566

10.

Dallas Cowboys

6

10

0

.375

119

134

3

.471

11.

New York Giants

6

10

0

.375

127

126

3

.502

12.

San Francisco 49ers

6

10

0

.375

140

115

1

.549

13.

Los Angeles Chargers

7

9

0

.438

123

132

1

.482

14.

Minnesota Vikings

7

9

0

.438

129

127

0

.504

15.

New England Patriots

7

9

0

.438

135

121

0

.527

16.

Arizona Cardinals

8

8

0

.500

121

134

1

.475

17.

Las Vegas Raiders

8

8

0

.500

138

118

0

.539

18.

Miami Dolphins

10

6

0

.625

119

136

1

.467

19.

Washington Football Team*

7

9

0

.438

116