After MNF, 49ers Stay Put at Sixth in 2016 Draft Order

Dec 21, 2015 at 9:48 PM


Luckily for the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions won their Monday night matchup against the New Orleans Saints, making certain that the 49ers would not drop further in their projected 2016 draft position. Last week, the 49ers were penciled in with the fifth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. Despite a 24-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, they dropped down a spot to sixth overall based on current record and strength of schedule (SOS) if the season ended today. There was a possibility that the team could have fallen further had the Detroit Lions, who coincidentally happen to be the 49ers' next opponent, lost on Monday. They did not.

How high the team will actually select will be determined by the rest of the season and their final record. As reported earlier, the top spot is still owned by the Tennessee Titans for the second week in a row.

The undefeated Carolina Panthers still hold the final overall selection based on playoff seeding. If the season ended today, they would be the number one seed in the NFC and hold the best record in the league.

Below is the draft order, based on playoff seeding (21-32), record, and strength of schedule (SOS), for all 32 (31 if your don't count the New England Patriots) first-round spots if the season ended today.

Team Record SOS
1 Tennessee Titans 3-11 .490
2 Cleveland Browns 3-11 .520
3 Baltimore Ravens 4-10 .490
4 San Diego Chargers 4-10 .510
5 Dallas Cowboys 4-10 .551
6 San Francisco 49ers 4-10 .571
7 Miami Dolphins 5-9 .449
8 Jacksonville Jaguars 5-9 .469
9 New Orleans Saints 5-9 .526
10 Chicago Bears 5-9 .561
11 Detroit Lions 5-9 .561
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-8 .449
13 New York Giants 6-8 .490
14 Oakland Raiders 6-8 .515
15 Philadelphia Eagles 6-8 .520
16 Buffalo Bills 6-8 .526
17 Indianapolis Colts 6-8 .536
18 St. Louis Rams 6-8 .541
19 Atlanta Falcons 7-7 .449
20 New York Jets 9-5 .413
21 Minnesota Vikings 9-5
22 Pittsburgh Steelers 9-5
23 Seattle Seahawks 9-5
24 Kansas City Chiefs 9-5
25 Washington Redskins 7-7
26 Houston Texans 7-7
27 Green Bay Packers 10-4
28 Denver Broncos 10-4
29 Cincinnati Bengals 11-3
30 Arizona Cardinals 12-2
31 New England Patriots* 12-2
32 Carolina Panthers 14-0

* New England Patriots' selection has been forfeited
** 21-32 based on projected playoff seeding, not record or strength of schedule

Tennessee Titans' Remaining Games
vs Houston Texans
at Indianapolis Colts

Cleveland Browns' Remaining Games
at Kansas City Chiefs
vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore Ravens' Remaining Games
vs Pittsburgh Steelers
at Cincinnati Bengals

San Diego Chargers' Remaining Games
at Oakland Raiders
at Denver Broncos

Dallas Cowboys' Remaining Games
at Buffalo Bills
vs Washington Redskins
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