NFL announces draft order for 2012
The NFL on Monday announced the order in which the 20 non-playoff teams will pick in the first round of next year’s draft — first through 20th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
The league also announced the criteria under which the 12 playoff teams will pick once the Super Bowl is over.
The draft will take place April 26-28, with the first round to be aired on national TV at 8 p.m. ET on April 26.
The second and third rounds are set for 7 p.m. ET on April 27, with rounds four through seven to be held at noon ET on April 28.
The Indianapolis Colts will pick first, followed (barring trades) by:
5. Tampa Bay Bucs
10. Buffalo Bills
12. Seattle Seahawks
14. Dallas Cowboys
16. New York Jets
17. Oakland Raiders
19. Chicago Bears
20. Tennessee Titans
The playoff teams will draft according to these criteria, the league said:
- The winner of the Super Bowl will select last, and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last, regardless of regular-season record.
- The AFC and NFC championship game participants not advancing to the Super Bowl will select 29th and 30th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
- The divisional playoff participants not advancing to the championship games will select 25th through 28th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
- The wild-card participants not advancing to the Divisional Playoffs will select 21st through 24th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
If there is a tie in any grouping except the Super Bowl pairing, it will be broken first by strength of schedule. If there is still a tie, the divisional or conference tiebreakers will be applied, and if those don’t break the ties, they will be broken by a coin flip.