The top 18 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft are in place following the Week 17 results.
With the expansion of the playoffs by the NFL to 14 teams, that’s two fewer teams in the draft order than is normally known at this point in the league schedule. But that’s more than half of the known draft order, starting with the Jaguars at No.1 and Jets at No.2. Both of these teams were locked in their selections after the Week 16 results, Jacksonville is expected to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
However, the No. 3 pick was yet to be determined in week 17. The first five caps were completed by the Dolphins (via Texans), Falcons and Bengals.
Below is the NFL draft order for 2021, updated through Week 17.
NFL 2021 interim order
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)
- New York Jets (2-14)
- Miami Dolphins (via 4-12 Houston Texans)
- Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
- Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
- Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)
- Detroit Lions (5-11)
- Carolina Panthers (5-11)
- Denver Broncos (5-11)
- Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
- New York Giants (6-10)
- San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
- Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
- Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
- New England Patriots (7-9)
- Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
- Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
- Miami Dolphins (10-6)
You don’t expect there to be much suspense atop the NFL Draft, assuming Lawrence does indeed state (the deadline is January 18) and don’t try to force a trade. This is at # 2 where things could get interesting. Justin Fields’ domestic semifinal performance against Clemson may have put him in the lead to be the field’s second quarterback, but the Jets will have to decide whether they want to stick with Sam Darnold or grab a potential new face. of the franchise.
The first round could also feature a handful of additional QBs, including Zach Wilson of BYU, Trey Lance of North Dakota State, Mac Jones of Alabama and Kyle Trask of Florida.
Alabama WR Devonta Smith, who could win the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday night, will have a strong case for the most-selected offensive player after scoring three touchdowns in the CFP semi-finals against Notre Dame to reach 20 this season. If the Jets are looking to trade, another team could attempt to trade for Smith.
Another player who could come out of the table in the top three is Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell, who is considered the top tackle in this class since the start of the college football season.