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What Week 17 means for the 2020 NFL Draft order

The Bengals have secured the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. There is plenty more to sort out among the non-playoff teams. We break down what the Week 17 schedule means for this.

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins celebrates while leaving the field after the game against the Detroit Lions at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Week 17 is upon us! If your team went in the tank this season, the end is upon us. It’s a long wait for the 2020 season, but at least you get a break from your team’s miserable football. You can start looking at free agency and the draft and figure out how your team is going to improve.

But first, we get the full slate of Week 17 to finalize the non-playoff teams in the 2020 NFL Draft order. The Cincinnati Bengals secured the No. 1 pick with their loss to Miami last week, but nothing else is locked in. Washington and Detroit secure the second and third picks with losses, but everybody else has to wait and see how the strength of schedule tiebreaker shakes out.

While the top five is not officially settled, odds are decent we don’t see any changes amongst the five teams already there. Where it gets interesting is slots six through 20. There are four teams with five wins, four with six wins, five with seven wins and four more with eight wins.

The final Sunday of the regular season brings all divisional matchups. We don’t get a ton of bad vs. bad, but some of the divisions offer that opportunity. Most notably, the Giants and Washington face the Eagles and Cowboys, respectively. One of Philly or Dallas will win the division and the other will end up in the top 20 picks in the draft. If either were to lose, they could climb into the mid-teens.

The sub-.500 pairings include Falcons-Bucs, Washington-Cowboys, Raiders-Broncos, and Colts-Jaguars. All four will swing plenty of teams in the top 20. Here is what the top of the draft order looks like heading into Week 17. Strength of schedule provided courtesy of Tankathon, and it is followed by their Week 17 opponent.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 1-14, .560 — vs. Browns
  2. Washington: 3-12, .498 — @ Cowboys
  3. Detroit Lions: 3-11-1, .506 — vs. Packers
  4. New York Giants: 4-11, .471 — vs. Eagles
  5. Miami Dolphins: 4-11, .492 — @ Patriots
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-10, .483 — vs. Colts
  7. Los Angeles Chargers: 5-10, .510 — @ Chiefs
  8. Carolina Panthers: 5-10, .548 — vs. Saints
  9. Arizona Cardinals: 5-9-1, .531 — @ Rams
  10. New York Jets: 6-9, .475 — @ Bills
  11. Denver Broncos: 6-9, .519 — vs. Raiders
  12. Cleveland Browns: 6-9, .527 — @ Bengals
  13. Atlanta Falcons: 6-9, .552 — @ Bucs
  14. Oakland Raiders: 7-8, .473 — @ Broncos
  15. Dallas Cowboys: 7-8, .477 — vs. Washington
  16. Indianapolis Colts: 7-8, .488 — @ Jaguars
  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-8, .500 — vs. Falcons
  18. Chicago Bears (to Raiders): 7-8, .508 — @ Vikings
  19. Pittsburgh Steelers (to Dolphins): 8-7, .502 — @ Ravens
  20. Los Angeles Rams (to Jaguars): 8-7, .538 — vs. Cardinals
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: 8-7, .456 (leads NFC East) — @ Giants
  22. Tennessee Titans: 8-7, .496 (leads second AFC WC) — @ Texans