2014 NFL Draft Order: Breaking Down First Round After Wild Card Weekend

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2014

Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) rushes with the football after catching a pass as San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) defends during the fourth quarter of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field.  San Francisco won 23-20.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The first 24 picks of the upcoming 2014 NFL draft are now set after Wild Card Weekend's action, with four teams joining the mix. 

While it's still to be determined how the final eight picks will shake out, things have been figured out for much of the first round as a majority of the league's 32 teams know what their fate is this season and are able to start planning toward 2014 and their selections in the upcoming draft.

Teams like the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and more won't be paying much attention to the draft order for now, but it's the next step ahead for the teams that have seen their Super Bowl aspirations come to a halt.

Here's a look at the updated first-round draft order, with the first 24 now set in stone barring any trades.

2014 NFL Draft Order: As of Jan. 5
Draft PickTeamWLTSOS
1Houston Texans21400.559
2St. Louis Rams (WAS)31300.516
3Jacksonville Jaguars41200.504
4Cleveland Browns41200.516
5Oakland Raiders41200.523
6Atlanta Falcons41200.553
7Tampa Bay Buccaneers41200.574
8Minnesota Vikings51010.512
9Buffalo Bills61000.520
10Detroit Lions7900.457
11Tennessee Titans7900.504
12New York Giants7900.520
13St. Louis Rams7900.551
14Chicago Bears8800.465
15Pittsburgh Steelers8800.469
16Baltimore Ravens8800.484
17Dallas Cowboys8800.484
18New York Jets8800.488
19Miami Dolphins8800.523
20Arizona Cardinals10600.516
21Green Bay Packers8710.453
22Philadelphia Eagles10600.453
23Kansas City Chiefs11500.445
24Cincinnati Bengals11500.480
25San Diego Chargers9700.496
26Cleveland Browns (IND)11500.484
27New Orleans Saints11500.516
28New England Patriots12400.473
29San Francisco 49ers12400.494
30Carolina Panthers12400.494
31Denver Broncos13300.469
32Seattle Seahawks13300.490

Despite a crushing, last-second loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers could take solace in knowing they grabbed the top draft pick among the four teams that lost over the weekend. Since the Packers were just 8-7-1 entering the postseason, they nabbed the 21st overall pick.

Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball as San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) chases during the second quarter of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field
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Mike McCarthy and company have plenty of areas to use the pick on. The defense has some key pieces, but its few holes have made it a big weakness for the Packers this season, and the offensive line may demand some help as well. But if Green Bay's pick of Eddie Lacy in last year's draft is any indication, the Packers' front office should be able to find the right pick.

The Chiefs and Eagles both ended turnaround seasons in underwhelming fashion with a playoff loss, but each made plenty of strides in 2013. Philly goes into the offseason with the indication that their offense is set, so look for Chip Kelly to address his atrocious secondary in the draft.

As for Kansas City, a glaring hole at wide receiver emerged throughout the season and Dwayne Bowe could only fix it on occasion. With some studs in the mix this season like Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews and Allen Robinson, the Chiefs could greatly bolster their offense with a high draft pick.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 04:  A Philadelphia Eagles fan looks on their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on January 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The last of teams to have their draft position solidified over the weekend was Cincinnati. It will take some time to transition to draft season for the Bengals, who had big Super Bowl aspirations and a team that seemed to be coming together at a championship level. 

But when they do, cornerback could be a potential position to draft for early. The Bengals have two solid starters in Adam Jones and Terence Newman, but they combine for 16 years of pro experience. That can be useful at times, but having no depth and no young guys beneath them could prove devastating if injuries become a problem in 2014. 

The needs and areas of concern for these four teams go much deeper than what has been mentioned, and it's a good thing for general managers and team officials that the draft doesn't occur until May 8 this year. There are hundreds upon hundreds of players—out in the draft and on their own team—to evaluate and make decisions on.