The top 20 picks in the NFL Draft are set among the 20 teams that did not make the postseason.
For the 12 remaining, their draft position is based on how their season ends.
The losers of the Wild Card games select in the 21st through 24th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing. Buffalo is No. 22 based on its 9-7 record. Tennessee, the other AFC Wild Card, is No. 21.
The Bills also own the Chiefs' first-round pick, which is No. 24 based on record.
The losers in the second round of the playoffs select No. 25 to No. 28. The conference championship game losers pick No. 29 and No. 30 with the Super Bowl loser at No. 31 and the Super Bowl winner at No. 32.
Some notes on the first 20 picks, according to an NFL news release:
- Since Oakland and San Francisco have the same strength-of-schedule, and neither the divisional nor the conference tie-breaker applies, the tie for the ninth and 10th positions will be determined by a coin flip.
- The tie between Green Bay and Washington for the 13th and 14th position was broken by conference tie-breakers. Since both clubs had the same conference record (5-7), their win-loss-tie percentages in common games is applied. Since Washington (1-4) had a lower win-loss-tie percentage in common games than Green Bay (2-3), the Redskins are given priority in the Draft order.
- The tie between Dallas and Detroit for the 19th and 20th position was broken by conference tie-breakers. Since Dallas (7-5) has a lower win-loss-tie percentage in conference games than Detroit (8-4), the Cowboys are given priority in the Draft order.