NFL Draft Order 2014: Updated List Heading into Wild Card Round

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2013

Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks before the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
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After 17 grueling weeks of NFL action, the 2014 NFL draft order has been set for 20 of the 32 teams heading into the league's Wild Card Round.

Here's a quick peek at the "lucky" teams that are slated to pick in the top 10, courtesy of FOX Sports: NFL:

Unlike previous drafts, which have been held in April, the 2014 NFL draft will kick off on May 8 in New York. There's a lot of work to be done by NFL scouts before anyone can realistically project where players will be selected. 

However, there's a really good chance a quarterback will be taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans. The biggest question is who it will be, with Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville being the heavy favorite for the honor. 

Here's a look at the full order:

Pos.Team
1Houston Texans
2St. Louis Rams (from Redskins)
3Jacksonville Jaguars
4Cleveland Browns
5Oakland Raiders
6Atlanta Falcons
7Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8Minnesota Vikings
9Buffalo Bills
10Detroit Lions
11Tennessee Titans
12New York Giants
13St. Louis Rams
14Chicago Bears
15Pittsburgh Steelers
16Baltimore Ravens
17Miami Dolphins
18New York Jets
19Dallas Cowboys
20Arizona Cardinals
21Green Bay Packers
22San Diego Chargers
23Philadelphia Eagles
24Kansas City Chiefs
25Cincinnati Bengals
26Cleveland Browns (from Colts)
27New Orleans Saints
28New England Patriots
29San Francisco 49ers
30Carolina Panthers
31Denver Broncos
32Seattle Seahawks

Note: The final 12 picks have yet to be officially established. For now, Nos. 21-32 are based on the regular-season records of the teams preparing for the playoffs.

 

Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans defensive back Josh Victorian (27) attempts to keep a punt out of the end zone during the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 25-3. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston dropped its last 14 games to "earn" the No. 1 overall pick, and it could have easily been 0-16, as pointed out by Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders and Bleacher Report:

While Houston's 2013 season was without peer for putridity, the team that enters the 2014 draft with the most question marks is Washington.

Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) waves to fans before a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Thanks to an exorbitant price set by St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead, who fleeced Washington for the No. 2 spot in the 2012 NFL draft, the team from D.C. will send the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft to the Rams.

St. Louis is in great shape, but Washington must land starters in Round 2 and beyond, and there are many holes to fill on Washington's roster. 

Contrarily, a team that appeared to be headed nowhere fast early in 2013 looks to have a bright future next season. Rookie head coach Gus Bradley impressed veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew with his ability to lead, as noted by Chris Burke of SI.com:

He finds a way to find the positive out of negative. There’s been some days — I’ve had bad days, other guys have bad days — he’ll come over and rile you up. One thing about Gus a lot of people don’t understand: I don’t know if there’s a coach or a person that can match that intensity.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be in a great position to land an impact player with the No. 3 pick next May, and it's likely a quarterback will be selected at that spot. 

Teams like Oakland, Tampa Bay and Cleveland also need to find starters in the first round in order to emerge out of the pit of mediocrity. 

For other teams, like Atlanta, Minnesota, Detroit and Chicago, the first round offers a chance at landing a complementary player who can help them get back to the playoffs after a disappointing season. 

After the Wild Card Round is concluded on Jan. 5, then we'll know more about where a few of the playoff teams will select from. 

Rest assured, speculation will abound as to which teams will unfortunately be among those who are slotted in officially after the first playoff games. Until then, hold on tight, because the playoffs are going to take football fans on a wild and crazy ride.

 

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