NFL Draft order updated: Falcons hold No. 7 pick

Atlanta has held the No. 7 pick twice in its draft history, in 1971 and 1980

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Editor's note: This order has been updated following Sunday's Week 14 games.

Only one more game remains in Week 14 – Monday night's tilt between the Ravens and the Browns in Cleveland – but the top of the NFL Draft order is set for another week. And there's some bittersweet news for Falcons fans: Atlanta has moved up a spot to No. 7.

The Falcons lost to the Chargers on Sunday, falling to 4-9 on the season. As it stands now, a total of six teams have just four wins and three of them – the Cowboys, Chargers and Panthers – are currently ahead of Atlanta.

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The order is decided by the strength of schedule of their opponents. Other tiebreakers include division tiebreakers, conference tiebreakers, interconference tiebreakers and then a coin toss. Remember, the NFL expanded the playoff format to seven teams from each conference beginning this year.

The Falcons have held the No. 7 spot just twice in its draft history, in 1971 and 1980. For more on that see below.

Below is the draft order of the 18 teams that would not make the playoffs if the season ended today, as per Tankathon.

(0-13)
1
Jets_table
New York Jets
Strength of schedule: .599

Schedule: at Rams, vs. Browns, at Patriots

(1-12)
2
Jaguars_table
Jacksonville Jaguars
Strength of schedule: .546

Schedule: at Ravens, vs. Bears, at Colts

(2-10-1)
3
Bengals_table
Cincinnati Bengals
Strength of schedule: .532

Schedule: vs. Steelers, at Texans, vs. Ravens

(4-9)
4
Cowboys_table
Dallas Cowboys
Strength of schedule: .488

Schedule: vs. 49ers, vs. Eagles, at Giants

(4-9)
5
Chargers_table
Los Angeles Chargers
Strength of schedule: .488

Schedule: at Raiders, vs. Broncos, at Chiefs

(4-9)
6
Panthers_table
Carolina Panthers
Strength of schedule: .538

Schedule: at Packers, at Washington, vs. Saints

(4-9)
7
Falcons_Table
Atlanta Falcons
Strength of schedule: .538

Schedule: vs. Bucs, at Chiefs, at Bucs

(8-5)
8
Dolphins_table
Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans)
Texans (4-9) strength of schedule: .546

Texans schedule: at Colts, vs. Bengals, vs. Titans

(4-8-1)
9
Eagles_table
Philadelphia Eagles
Strength of schedule: .532

Schedule: at Arizona, at Dallas, vs. Washington

(5-8)
10
Giants_table
New York Giants
Strength of schedule: .498

Schedule: vs. Browns, at Ravens, vs. Cowboys

(5-8)
11
Lions_table
Detroit Lions
Strength of schedule: .510

Schedule: at Titans, vs. Bucs, vs. Vikings

(5-8)
12
49ers_table
San Francisco 49ers
Strength of schedule: .546

Schedule: at Cowboys, at Cardinals, vs. Seahawks

(5-8)
13
Broncos_table
Denver Broncos
Strength of schedule: .558

Schedule: vs. Bills, at Chargers, vs. Raiders

(6-7)
14
Vikings_table
Minnesota Vikings
Strength of schedule: .500

Schedule: vs. Bears, at Saints, at Lions

(6-7)
15
Bears_table
Chicago Bears
Strength of schedule: .505

Schedule: at Vikings, at Jaguars, vs. Packers

(6-7)
16
Patriots_table
New England Patriots
Strength of schedule: .507

Schedule: at Dolphins, vs. Bills, vs. Jets

(7-6)
17
Raiders_table
Las Vegas Raiders
Strength of schedule: .531

Schedule: vs. LA Chargers, vs. Miami, at Denver

(7-5)
18
Ravens_table
Baltimore Ravens
Strength of schedule: .512

Schedule: at Browns, vs. Jaguars, vs. Giants, at Bengals

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Falcons history picking at No. 7

The Falcons hold the No. 7 spot at the moment, but that could end up changing between now and the end of the regular season. Atlanta has held the No. 7 pick twice in its history and below are the players they've selected in that spot, including Junior Miller (pictured above) in 1980, whose best season was his rookie year when he caught 46 passes for 584 yards and nine touchdowns. Miller played four seasons in Atlanta before playing one in New Orleans. He finished his career with 122 catches for 1,409 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Table inside Article
Year Player Position School
1980 Junior Miller Tight end Nebraska
1971 Joe Profit Running back Louisiana-Monroe

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