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|
|2||St. Louis Rams (WAS)||3||13||0||0.516|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||12||0||0.574|
|12||New York Giants||7||9||0||0.520|
|13||St. Louis Rams||7||9||0||0.551|
|18||New York Jets||8||8||0||0.488|
|21||Green Bay Packers||8||7||1||0.453|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||11||5||0||0.445|
|25||San Diego Chargers||9||7||0||0.496|
|26||Cleveland Browns (IND)||11||5||0||0.484|
|27||New Orleans Saints||11||5||0||0.516|
|28||New England Patriots||12||4||0||0.473|
|29||San Francisco 49ers||12||4||0||0.494|
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.
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.
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.
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