NFL Draft Order 2013: Projecting Picks 1-20 of First Round

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IDecember 24, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23:  A fan displays a sign during the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The first 20 picks in the 2013 NFL draft are just one week away from being locked into place. Sixteen more games in Week 17 and we'll know the positions of every non-playoff team for next year's draft. 

Here's how we think the 2013 draft order will shape up:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-13)

The Chiefs travel to Denver in Week 17 to take on a Broncos team in the hunt for a first-round bye.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13)

Jacksonville is locked into a top-two pick, but strength of schedule dictates that the Chiefs must beat Denver for the Jaguars to obtain the top selection. 

3. Oakland Raiders (4-11)

The Raiders could travel to San Diego and win the finale, but a loss to the Chargers guarantees Oakland the No. 3 pick. 

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11)

Who had Eagles-Giants as meaning nothing more than draft positioning at season's start?

5. Detroit Lions (4-11)

The Lions have all but packed in the 2012 season, but playing playoff spoiler against the Chicago Bears could be something worth getting up for. 

6. Cleveland Browns (5-10)

The Steelers have nothing to play for in Week 17, so maybe the Browns can go into Pittsburgh and get a win?

7. Buffalo Bills (5-10)

The Bills welcome the quarterback-less Jets to Buffalo, which could mean a six-win finish for 2012. 

8. Tennessee Titans (5-10)

Jacksonville-Tennessee in Week 17 could be one of the worst games of the year, but it'll have draft impact for the Titans. 

9. Arizona Cardinals (5-10)

The higher the Cardinals can pick, the better chances they'll land a player that can actually play the quarterback position. 

10. San Diego Chargers (6-9)

Of the current six-win teams, San Diego's strength of schedule is the worst. 

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9)

Tampa Bay's low strength of schedule will keep them in the No. 7-14 range, win or lose versus Atlanta. 

12. Carolina Panthers (6-9)

Carolina has gone from top-five pick to the potential seven-game winners. Beating the Saints in New Orleans won't be easy, however. 

13. New York Jets (6-9)

Will the Jets be in the market for a quarterback in Round 1? Losing to Buffalo next Sunday could help that task. 

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8)

Even a manageable strength of schedule couldn't save the Steelers from being eliminated before the NFL's final week. 

15. Miami Dolphins (7-8)

Seven wins is a fine start for the Joe Philbin era in Miami. Now, the Dolphins need to nail its mid-round picks in April. 

16. St. Louis Rams (7-7-1)

Traveling to Seattle and leaving with an eighth win will be difficult for the Rams, but that one tie keeps them below the other eight-loss teams. 

17. New Orleans Saints (7-8)

The Saints can still salvage a .500 record despite a horrific start and a year-long suspension for head coach Sean Payton. 

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)

The Cowboys can still win the NFC East with a win over the Redskins in the regular-season finale. 

19. New York Giants (8-7)

The reigning Super Bowl champs were virtually eliminated from the postseason with the loss to Baltimore in Week 16. Strength of schedule drops them this low. 

20. Chicago Bears (9-6)

The Bears need a win over the Lions and some help from Green Bay to make the postseason. 

Note: Slots 21-32 decided by postseason results.

Current Playoff Teams:

Minnesota Vikings (9-6)

Seattle Seahawks (10-5)

Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

Washington Redskins (9-6)—pick will go to St. Louis

Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

Baltimore Ravens (10-5)

San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1)

New England Patriots (11-4)

Green Bay Packers (11-4)

Houston Texans (12-3)

Denver Broncos (12-3)

Atlanta Falcons (13-2)


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