Six teams learned their first-round position in the 2021 NFL Draft during wild card weekend. All of those teams lost in the first round of the extended postseason.
With 14 teams, seven from each conference, now in the playoffs, the wild-card loser with the worst record has the 19th overall pick in the draft instead of the previous No. 21 pick. In 2021, the “first loser” spot belongs to the team. Washington soccer team, who won the NFC East with a 7-9 record and then lost to the Buccaneers in a wild card game at home.
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The top 18 spots in the 2021 NFL Draft were established after the conclusion of Week 17. No. 1 went to the Jaguars 1-15, who “secured” the pick in Week 16. The Jets, who made A fine career in the national team starting 0-13, he settled for No. 2 after recording back-to-back wins in weeks 15 and 16.
The Dolphins have the No. 3 pick by virtue of the Texans finishing 4-12. Houston switched the selection in 2019 as part of the deal to acquire left tackle Laremy Tunsil. Miami also has its own selection, No. 18 overall.
Below is the official NFL Draft order for the first 24 picks in 2021, which now includes the teams that lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
2021 NFL Draft Order
|2||New York Jets||2-14|
|3||Miami Dolphins||(via 4-12 Houston Texans)|
|eleven||New York Giants||6-10|
|12||San Francisco 49ers||6-10|
|13||Los Angeles Chargers||7-9|
|fifteen||New England Patriots||7-9|
|17||Las Vegas Raiders||8-8|
|19||Washington football team||7-9|
|2. 3||New York Jets||(via 12-4 Seattle Seahawks)|
Positions 25-32 will be determined over the course of the divisional round, conference championship games and Super Bowl 55. Those positions will go to teams still alive in the playoffs.
Jacksonville and the Jets parted ways with the rest of the field in the later stages of the “Tank for Trevor” competition in the 2020 season. “Trevor” is Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who remains the consensus first choice despite of being outscored by Ohio State’s Justin Fields in the teams’ college football playoff semifinal game.
Fields should be there for the Jets if they decide to pass on Sam Darnold, the third pick in the 2018 draft. That’s assuming Fields is still on the board; It has been speculated that the Jags could explore the possibility of moving Fields to the number one spot if former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer or current Ohio State coach Ryan Day becomes their new head coach. That would make Lawrence available to the Jets.
SN’s mock NFL draft prior to wild card weekend featured Lawrence, Fields, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (to Miami), Michigan running back Kwity Paye (to Atlanta) and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell (to Cincinnati) as her top five.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.