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NFL Draft Order 2014: Current List of Selections and Projections

Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a sack against the Denver Broncos during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

We now have a strong idea of where every team will make their selection in the 2014 NFL draft with one week left in the season, provided they have one to use.

Week 16 did much to sort out the draft list, which gives fans a brief amount of time to digest where their favorite team picks before Week 17 hits and potentially causes another upheaval.

Which it will. For now, we can accurately list the order and get a good sense of a projected final order through careful analysis of remaining games, tiebreakers and the like. Here is how things shape up, both officially and with projections, with one week to go.

 

2014 NFL Draft Order and Projections
No.Official Order After Week 16Projected Final Order
1 Houston Texans Houston Texans
2 St. Louis Rams (from Washington)St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
3Jacksonville JaguarsMinnesota Vikings
4Oakland Raiders Atlanta Falcons
5Cleveland Browns Oakland Raiders
6Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7Atlanta FalconsPittsburgh Steelers
8Minnesota VikingsJacksonville Jaguars
9Tennessee TitansCleveland Browns
10New York GiantsNew York Giants
11Buffalo Bills Tennessee Titans
12Detroit LionsBuffalo Bills
13Pittsburgh SteelersNew York Jets
14New York Jets Green Bay Packers
15St. Louis Rams Detroit Lions
16Green Bay PackersSt. Louis Rams
17Dallas Cowboys Baltimore Ravens
18Baltimore RavensChicago Bears
19San Diego Chargers Dallas Cowboys
20Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
21Chicago BearsPhiladelphia Eagles
22Philadelphia EaglesSan Diego Chargers
23Cincinnati BengalsCleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
24Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)San Francisco 49ers
25Arizona Cardinals New Orleans Saints
26New Orleans SaintsArizona Cardinals
27San Francisco 49ersCincinnati Bengals
28Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
29New England Patriots New England Patriots
30 Carolina PanthersKansas City Chiefs
31 Denver BroncosSeattle Seahawks
32 Seattle SeahawksDenver Broncos
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Week 17 Contests That Could Most Alter Draft Order

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 01:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws the ball against the Washington Redskins during their game at FedExField on December 1, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams are doing a quality job of sticking around in the top-10 discussion with their own pick thanks to horrid play, but they never in 1,000 years could have imagined the Washington Redskins may net them a top-two pick in the 2014 draft.

Alas, that is where Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan's circus have the Rams looking at through 16 weeks.

However, St. Louis' plan for a top-two pick could be foiled when the Redskins make the trip to New York to take on the Giants, a team that at some points has looked equally as horrible. These two met in a Week 13 stinker, where New York escaped with a seven-point win.

This one will be just as bad with Washington rolling with a backup quarterback in Kirk Cousins and Eli Manning continuing his laughably bad play—he's now at an impressive 16 touchdowns to 25 interceptions on the year.

It does not matter—the Rams will tune in attentively regardless of quality.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by John Cyprien #37 and Josh Evans #26 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game  at EverBank Field on September 29, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrm
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Jacksonville is a wild card in all of this (not of the playoff variety, silly) because of a few factors.

For one, the Jaguars have been relatively competitive as of late, winning three of their last five. Two straight losses have been by a touchdown or less.

Two, the Indianapolis Colts are mostly notorious for playing up and down to competition this year. That would explain a 38-8 loss to St. Louis in Week 10, but a 23-7 win over Kansas City in Week 16.

So yes, the Jaguars can very much beat the Colts at home to close the season, and yes, it would add even more chaos to the draft order. Jacksonville sits firmly in the No. 2-7 range, but its movement will either anger or make many other teams happy once Week 17 is in the books.

 

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) celebrates a tackle for a loss with linebacker Brian Cushing (56) near the goal line in the fourth quarter against Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) at Reliant St
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This is the type of torture dedicated fans must endure to be rewarded on draft day.

The Houston Texans are making it a wee bit too obvious they want the No. 1 overall pick. They have lost 13 straight, but one of their two wins this season came over the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 via a 30-24 overtime result.

Tennessee itself is doing a good job of sticking around in the top 10, winning just three games since Week 5.

But the real focus is on Houston, a franchise seemingly destined for the No. 1 overall pick. Not only that, but Houston's win or loss here will have a major ripple effect on the draft order, as CBS Sports' Dan Brugler elaborates:

Once again, the Rams will have the biggest rooting interest of all in a game outside of their own. Despite the horrible streak, Houston is more than capable of pulling off a win on the road against a team that it already defeated and is even worse now with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.

 

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