The 2022 NFL Draft is set to be held in Paradise, Nevada (aka Las Vegas) from April 28-30 and the first round is coming into focus.
While the back end will be determined as the playoffs progress, this year's draft is already shaping up to have a New York flavor early and could see one team make three selections in the first round. Because of trades, four teams currently have at least two first-round picks – Detroit, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Philadelphia. Right now, the Jets and Giants have four of the first 10 picks overall, while the Eagles currently own three first-round picks.
So with still plenty to be determined, here's how the order currently shapes up for the first round of the 2022 draft.
Note: 2021 regular-season record listed in parentheses.
Current Draft Order
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 (via 6-11 Chicago Bears)
8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
9. Denver Broncos (7-10)
10. New York Jets (via 7-10 Seattle Seahawks)
11. Washington Football Team (7-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (8-9)
13. Cleveland Browns (8-9)
14. Baltimore Ravens (8-9)
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via 9-8 Miami Dolphins)
16. Philadelphia Eagles (via 9-8 Indianapolis Colts)
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. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)
23. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
24. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
Remaining Playoff Teams (picks No. 25-32 to be determined)
Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
San Francisco 49ers* (10-7)
Buffalo Bills (11-6)
Tennessee Titans (12-5)
Los Angeles Rams* (12-5)
Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
Green Bay Packers (13-4)
*The Miami Dolphins own the 49ers' first-round pick and the Detroit Lions own the Rams'.
How is the draft order determined?
At its most basic level, the NFL makes its draft order by ranking teams from worst to best. That means ranking teams first and foremost by their regular-season record.
For the non-playoff teams, that's easy. The first 18 selections are ranked by record, and the tiebreaker goes to the teams with the easiest strength of schedule. For example, the 4-13 Texans had a .498 strength of schedule, while the 4-13 Jets (.512) and 4-13 Giants (.536) had higher marks. That reflects more poorly on the Texans that they ended up with the same record, so they earned the third pick followed by the Jets at No. 4 and Giants at No. 5.
Things get slightly more complicated for the 14 playoff teams. Unlike the NBA, where the regular season determines the draft order, the earlier a team is knocked out of the NFL playoffs, the earlier they will pick in the draft.
Picks No. 19-24 go to the four teams knocked out in the Wild Card Round, ranked by their regular-season record (tiebreaker is once again strength of schedule). Picks No. 25-28 go to the teams who lost in the Divisional Round. The 29th and 30th picks go to the teams who lost in the conference title games, while the final two picks belong to the Super Bowl teams.