With playoffs set, so are top 20 teams in 2018 NFL Draft

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For 20 NFL teams, the push for the playoffs — next year’s playoffs — starts tonight.

And while it’s little solace for the teams that didn’t make the postseason, most of them at least know when they’ll be picking in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Browns (0-16) had already sewn up the top pick for the second year in a row, but the Texans’ loss to the Colts also gave them the fourth pick, after last year’s trade which the Texans turned into quarterback Deshaun Watson.

And with five picks in the first two rounds, the Browns better find their next quarterback or they might never.

The Giants (3-13) will pick second, giving new General Manager Dave Gettleman the opportunity to draft their eventual heir to Eli Manning as well.

The Colts (4-12) will pick third, followed by the Browns again, the Broncos (5-11), Jets, Buccaneers, Bears.

Thanks to Jimmy Garoppolo‘s late-season five-game win streak, the 49ers (6-10) will pick either ninth or 10th, as they’ll flip a coin with the Raiders for those two spots since they had identical strength of schedule numbers (.512). Washington and Green Bay will also flip for the 13th and 14th picks, since they tied at 7-9 and had identical strength of schedule numbers (.539).

Draft order ties are broken by strength of schedule, and picks 21-32 are determined based on playoff results, with wild card round losers picking 21st through 25th. Here’s a look at the top 20 picks:

1 Browns 0-16
2 Giants 3-13
3 Colts 4-12
4 Browns (from Texans) 4-12
5 Broncos 5-11
6 Jets 5-11
7 Buccaneers 5-11
8 Bears 5-11
9 or 10 49ers 6-10 (coin flip)
9 or 10 Raiders 6-10 (coin flip)
11 Dolphins 6-10
12 Bengals 7-9
13 or 14 Washington 7-9 (coin flip)
13 or 14 Green Bay 7-9 (coin flip)
15 Cardinals 8-8
16 Ravens 9-7
17 Chargers 9-7
18 Seahawks 9-7
19 or 20 Cowboys 9-7 (coin flip)
19 or 20 Lions 9-7 (coin flip)

23 responses to “With playoffs set, so are top 20 teams in 2018 NFL Draft

  1. Why did the Colts get the 3rd pick with the record of 4-12 when the Texans have an identical 4-12 record and the Colts won the head to head tie breaker 2-0?

  2. We lose Aaron Rodgers for half the season and we still can’t get into the top 10. Minnesota had top 10 picks for so long. They must have been so incredibly bad.

    Ah well. Good luck to all the playoff teams! It will be fun to watch without any horse in the race!

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  3. If someone says before the season the 49ers and Raiders will end up with the same number of wins, people will probably ask him/her what he/she has been inhaling. The Raiders were supposed to be playoff bound, and the Niners were supposed to be worse than Cleveland. What happened?

  4. The top 5 teams are all desperate for QBs. It looks like a big run on QBs early. If the Browns don’t get the best QB with two picks in the top five the should just close the doors and go out of business. I can’t wait to see who the Packers will take. It is our lowest pick since 2009.

  5. Forget about Raiders & 49ers flipping. WhoTF saw Giants picking right after Browns?

  6. I don’t know why, but I’m kinda hoping the Broncos get Mayfield. He seems to love the game.

    I’ve been hoping for the same… Kid has some fire atleast. Maybe a sign a solid vet and use the pick on a Qb. Until you have A decent Qb nothing else really matters.

  7. Tokyo- Vikings have picked in the top 10 6 times since 1986 and one of those was a pick they traded for(2005). Meanwhile the packers picked 7 times in the top 10 since 1986. Wow but good story bro!(vikings 9 and packers 15 if we go back to 1970)

  8. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    We lose Aaron Rodgers for half the season and we still can’t get into the top 10. Minnesota had top 10 picks for so long. They must have been so incredibly bad.

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    Your jealousy is showing 😂

  9. Predicted GB as a sub 500 team on several posts here before the season started, can’t say I’m surprised I was right…they really are the new Cleveland West…

  10. omeimontis says:
    December 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm
    If someone says before the season the 49ers and Raiders will end up with the same number of wins, people will probably ask him/her what he/she has been inhaling. The Raiders were supposed to be playoff bound, and the Niners were supposed to be worse than Cleveland. What happened?

    Niners won more games than they were supposed to. Call it Kaepernick Karma

  11. January 1, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Predicted GB as a sub 500 team on several posts here before the season started, can’t say I’m surprised I was right…they really are the new Cleveland West…
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    You also predicted a win every single game last season for your Vikings when you started showing up on these boards after the 5-0 start. So perhaps you should be a little surprised, broken clock.

  12. So much for the Pats 2nd round pick they got for Jimmy G being almost like a “late first rounder” lol, Niners get Jimmy G for the 42nd overall pick, what a STEAL!!

  13. The Vikings are hitting their stride, the Bears and Lions are making the right moves for their futures, and the packers got a glimpse of their future this season. Rodgers will NOT be the same next season, and the packers without a healthy Rodgers are at best a 5-11 team.

  14. vikings1234 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    It’s nice to see the Seahawks on this list.
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    You may want to win a SB first. Just sayin.

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