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NFL Draft order following Week 18: Bears officially on the clock

We go over the 2024 NFL Draft order following Week 18 of the 2023 NFL season

General Manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus walk off the field after a win over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on December 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The 2024 NFL Draft order will not be finalized for some time, but with Week 18 officially a wrap, we know the order of the first 18 picks. We can expect plenty of trades between now and April 25 that will shake this up, but the order of non-playoff teams is set.

The Chicago Bears hold the No. 1 pick courtesy of their trade last year with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers traded up in the 2023 NFL Draft, moving up from No. 9 to No. 1 to select Bryce Young. While there’s plenty of time for the Panthers to figure things out, the Bears are looking like the big winner in that deal. They’ll have a host of options, whether it be finding a new quarterback and moving on from Justin Fields or potentially moving down for a haul of picks to find some more weapons for Fields.

The Bears clinched the No. 1 pick in Week 17, while the rest of the field was settled in Week 18. The Washington Commanders claimed the No. 2 pick by way of strength of schedulea nd the rest of the top five includes the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angles Chargers.

Like last year, the big question heading into the offseason is what Chicago will do with the No. 1 overall pick. Many have long projected the Bears using the pick on USC QB Caleb Williams, but there’s a growing sense that they will keep current starter Justin Fields and trade down. Whatever their final decision is will create a ripple effect throughout the entire first round.

Here’s the draft order for the top 18 teams. SOS serves as the tiebreaker and comes via Tankathon. The Wild Card round will determine the order of picks 19-24, the Divisional Round will determine the order of picks 25-28, the Championship round will determine the order of picks 29 and 30, and the Super Bowl will finalize picks 31 and 32.

  1. Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers), 2-15, .521
  2. Washington Commanders, 4-13, .514
  3. New England Patriots, 4-13, .523
  4. Arizona Cardinals, 4-13, .561
  5. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-12, .530
  6. New York Giants, 6-11, .512
  7. Tennessee Titans, 6-11, .524
  8. Atlanta Falcons, 7-10, .432
  9. Chicago Bears, 7-10, .466
  10. New York Jets, 7-10, .502
  11. Minnesota Vikings, 7-10, .509
  12. Denver Broncos, 8-9, .488*
  13. Las Vegas Raider, 8-9, .488*
  14. New Orleans Saints, 9-8, .433
  15. Indianapolis Colts, 9-8, .491*
  16. Seattle Seahawks, 9-8, .512*
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars, 9-8, .531*
  18. Cincinnati Bengals, 9-8, .573*

*Draft position not finalized yet. Will be finalized following Bills vs. Dolphins matchup.