While there’s still six weeks remaining in the 2021 NFL season, fans from around the league are already looking ahead to the 2022 draft.
On Friday, Sports Illustrated posted a graphic featuring the draft order if the season ended today. Suffice it to say, it’s a pretty funky looking list.
The New York Jets, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles would all have two picks within the top 10 — each in consecutive order.
- Detroit Lions
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Houston Texans
- New York Jets
- New York Jets — via Seattle
- New York Giants — via Chicago
- New York Giants
- Carolina Panthers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Philadelphia Eagles — via Miami
Take a look at the graphic here:
The current NFL Draft order is pretty wild 😳 pic.twitter.com/Q0TF5LN75q
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 3, 2021
The Jamal Adams trade with the Seahawks continues to be the gift that keeps on giving for the Jets. With Seattle in the midst of a shocking 3-8 season, the Jets’ first-round pick acquired in the 2020 blockbuster trade for the star safety has made its way into the top five. New York has earned its top-five pick with a 3-8 record of its own.
The Giants acquired their extra first-round pick when the Bears traded down to select Justin Fields with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 draft. Both teams are currently 4-7 on the year.
The Eagles received a 2022 first-round pick from the Dolphins when they traded back from No. 6 to No. 12. Ultimately trading back up to No. 10 and drafting DeVonta Smith, Philly retained its future selection. Both the Eagles and Dolphins are 5-7 on the year, but Miami is rolling on a four-game win streak.
There’s no telling where the final draft order will end up, but this list is certainly interesting to think about.