Complete Handbook to the Draft

Ah the draft. It smells like hope. And stupidity. And competitiveness. And money. And shock. Can you smell shock? Or stupid for that matter? You can definitely smell stupid. I’d put names in here and tell you it smells like them, but I’d get edited. Just think of someone stupid and that’s what stupid smells like. Let’s get this train back on track.

First thing we’re going to do is talk about the rules of the draft, what goes on, and how it goes on. Second,  I’m going to give you this years draft order. There might be a third, but I haven’t thought of yet. I reserve the right to make up a third.

An interesting tidbit is that the NFL requires  a player be out of high school for at least 3 years before being eligible to enter the draft.

There are 7 rounds in the draft, which means each team gets a total of 7 selections when the draft is completed. This usually isn’t the case however since draft picks have been used as a currency of sorts. Draft picks can be attached to players in trades or if a team wants a player bad enough, they will give the retaining team certain picks in exchange for the player. If a player is an RFA (Restricted Free Agent), the original team gets compensatory draft picks if they decide not to retain rights and allow them to sign with another team. Teams can trade draft picks, unless they are compensatory picks. The draft order is determined by which team sucked the most the previous season. So, the Super Bowl Champions get last pick. The Ravens are probably thinking they shouldn’t have gotten rid of everybody on their defense.

There is a time limit that each team gets to make their selection. If they fail to make their selection in the allotted time, the team behind them can turn in their selection and essentially move ahead of the idiot late team. The time limits are as follows:

Round 1 – 10 minutes

Round 2 – 7 minutes

Round 3 – 5 minutes

Round 4 – 5 minutes

Round 5 – 5 minutes

Round 6 – 5 minutes

Round 7 – 5 minutes

The draft is being held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A lot of the players come to the actual event, but some of them decide to stay home and watch it with their families. From what I understand and have seen, the prospect will get a call from the owner, coach, or whoever, that tells them they want  to draft them. The kid obviously says yes and everybody celebrates.

What I want to know is, what if somebody like the Jets calls you? You have to say yes because it’s the NFL calling, but inside you’re lamenting the fact that you have to wear that ugly green and be coached by Rex Ryan! There’s always the chance they’ll trade you (you hope). Sorry, that was just for me.

OK so on to draft order. It’s going to be long, but I think you’ll like having the complete list on hand when you’re watching the draft. They tell you who is next, but it’s nice to have the broad overview. Also, if it is somehow wrong in some places, it is probably because a trade happened and a team was given a draft pick for compensation.

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs who get first pick in this years’ draft! You were the worst team in the NFL last season, quickly followed by the Jaguars!

Round 1

  1. Kansas City
  2. Jacksonville
  3. Oakland
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Detroit
  6. Cleveland
  7. Arizona
  8. Buffalo
  9. New York Jets
  10. Tennessee
  11. San Diego
  12. Miami
  13. New York Jets (from TB)
  14. Carolina
  15. New Orleans
  16. St. Louis
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Dallas
  19. New York Giants
  20. Chicago
  21. Cincinnati
  22. St. Louis (from WAS)
  23. Minnesota
  24. Indianapolis
  25. Minnesota (from SEA)
  26. Green Bay
  27. Houston
  28. Denver
  29. New England
  30. Atlanta
  31. San Francisco
  32. Baltimore

Round 2

  1. Jacksonville
  2. San Francisco (from KC)
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Detroit
  5. Cincinnati (from OAK)
  6. Arizona
  7. New York Jets
  8. Tennessee
  9. Buffalo
  10. Miami
  11. Tampa Bay
  12. Carolina
  13. San Diego
  14. St. Louis
  15. Dallas
  16. Pittsburgh
  17. New York Giants
  18. Chicago
  19. Washington
  20. Minnesota
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Miami (from IND)
  23. Green Bay
  24. Seattle
  25. Houston
  26. Denver
  27. New England
  28. Atlanta
  29. San Francisco
  30. Baltimore

Round 3

  1. Kansas City
  2. Jacksonville
  3. Detroit
  4. Oakland
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Cleveland
  7. Arizona
  8. Tennessee
  9. Buffalo
  10. New York Jets
  11. Tampa Bay
  12. San Francisco (from CAR)
  13. New Orleans
  14. San Diego
  15. Miami
  16. St. Louis
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Dallas
  19. New York Giants
  20. Miami (from CHI)
  21. Minnesota
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Washington
  24. Indianapolis
  25. Seattle
  26. Green Bay
  27. Houston
  28. Denver
  29. New England
  30. Atlanta
  31. San Francisco
  32. Baltimore

Round 4

  1. Jacksonville
  2. Kansas City
  3. Oakland
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Minnesota (from DET)
  6. Arizona
  7. Cleveland
  8. Buffalo
  9. New York Jets
  10. Tennessee
  11. Carolina
  12. New Orleans
  13. San Diego
  14. Miami
  15. Tampa Bay
  16. St. Louis
  17. Dallas
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. New York Giants
  20. Chicago
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Washington
  23. Minnesota
  24. Indianapolis
  25. Green Bay
  26. Seattle
  27. Houston
  28. Denver
  29. Tampa Bay (from NE)
  30. Atlanta
  31. San Francisco
  32. Baltimore

Round 5

  1. Kansas City
  2. Jacksonville
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Detroit
  5. Seattle (from OAK)
  6. Cleveland
  7. Arizona
  8. New York Jets
  9. Tennessee
  10. Buffalo
  11. New Orleans
  12. San Diego
  13. Miami
  14. Tampa Bay
  15. Carolina
  16. St. Louis
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Dallas
  19. New York Giants
  20. Chicago
  21. Washington
  22. Minnesota
  23. Cincinnati
  24. San Francisco (from IND)
  25. Seattle
  26. Green Bay
  27. Houston
  28. Denver
  29. Washington (from NE)
  30. Atlanta
  31. San Francisco
  32. Baltimore

Round 6

  1. Jacksonville
  2. Kansas City
  3. Detroit
  4. Oakland
  5. Cleveland (from PHI)
  6. Arizona
  7. Cleveland
  8. Arizona (from MIN from TEN)
  9. Buffalo
  10. New York Jets
  11. San Diego
  12. San Francisco (from MIA)
  13. Tampa Bay
  14. Carolina
  15. New Orleans
  16. St. Louis
  17. Dallas
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. New York Giants
  20. Chicago
  21. Minnesota
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Washington
  24. Indianapolis
  25. Green Bay
  26. Seattle
  27. Houston
  28. Philadelphia (from DEN)
  29. Cincinnati (from NE)
  30. Atlanta
  31. Baltimore (from SF)
  32. Baltimore

Round 7

  1. Kansas City
  2. Jacksonville
  3. Oakland
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Detroit
  6. Philadelphia (from CLE)
  7. Minnesota (from ARI)
  8. Seattle (from BUF)
  9. New York Jets
  10. Tennessee
  11. Miami
  12. New England (from TB)
  13. Oakland (from CAR)
  14. New Orleans
  15. San Diego
  16. St. Louis
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Miami (from DAL)
  19. New York Giants
  20. Tampa Bay (from CHI)
  21. San Francisco (from CIN)
  22. Washington
  23. Minnesota
  24. Philadelphia (from IND)
  25. Minnesota (from SEA)
  26. Green Bay
  27. Houston
  28. Denver
  29. New England
  30. Atlanta
  31. San Francisco
  32. Baltimore

 

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