Updated 2023 NFL Draft Order Following Week 16 Saturday Results

David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVDecember 24, 2022

Updated 2023 NFL Draft Order Following Week 16 Saturday Results

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    Davis Mills
    Davis MillsAP Photo/Mark Zaleski

    Every late-season NFL result is looked at through two lenses: How does it affect the playoff picture and draft order?

    Week 16 has mostly held true to expectations, save for two results. While the Carolina Panthers put a damper on the Detroit Lions' simmering playoff hopes, the Houston Texans bounced the reeling Tennessee Titans from the top of the AFC North.

    Elsewhere, the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots kept moving the wrong directionβ€”relative to the playoffs, at least.

    The following 2023 NFL draft order is based on results after Saturday's early window. This piece will be updated.

Updated NFL Draft Order

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    Aaron Rodgers
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    1. Houston Texans

    2. Chicago Bears

    3. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos)

    4. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams)

    5. Arizona Cardinals

    6. Indianapolis Colts

    7. Atlanta Falcons

    8. Carolina Panthers

    9. Las Vegas Raiders

    10. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints)

    11. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns)

    12. Green Bay Packers

    13. Seattle Seahawks

    14. Tennessee Titans

    15. New England Patriots

    16. Pittsburgh Steelers

    17. New York Jets

    18. Detroit Lions

    19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    20. Jacksonville Jaguars

    21. Washington Commanders

    22. New York Giants

    23. Los Angeles Chargers

    24. Miami Dolphins (forfeited)

    25. Baltimore Ravens

    26. Denver Broncos (via San Francisco 49ers)

    27. Dallas Cowboys

    28. Cincinnati Bengals

    29. Kansas City Chiefs

    30. Minnesota Vikings

    31. Buffalo Bills

    32. Philadelphia Eagles

Browns Eliminated in Frigid Loss

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    CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 24: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of the game at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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    Heading into Week 16, the Browns had a path to the postseason if you tilted your head just right.

    But the New Orleans Saints eliminated that dream.

    On a cold, windy day in the Midwest, the Browns had a rough offensive day in a 17-10 loss. Deshaun Watson completed 15 of 31 passes for just 135 yards, and Nick Chubb mustered only 3.8 yards per carry. Watson also threw a key interception that led to the Saints' winning score.

    Cleveland's loss most benefits the Houston Texans, who hold the Browns' first-round pick because of the Watson trade. As it stands, Houston is landing a second top-12 selection for the 2023 draft.

    Cleveland closes the season with trips to the Washington Commanders and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Patriots' Slide Continues

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    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 24: Vonn Bell #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals pressures Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots as he attempts a pass during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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    Midway through 2022, the Patriots took advantage of a favorable stretch and rode a three-game winning streak to a 6-4 record.

    Since then, however, it's been a messy run.

    New England dropped a fourth game in the last five contests, falling to the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. Although the Pats assembled a valiant comeback from a 22-point deficit, the Bengals held on thanks to a clutch, late fumble to secure a tight 22-18 victory.

    The month-long slide has shoved New England to the wrong side of the AFC playoff picture. Both the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers can put the Pats on the brink of elimination with a Week 16 win.

    New England's slate doesn't get much easier, either, closing the campaign against Miami and the Buffalo Bills.

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