NFL Draft order updated: Falcons hold No. 9 pick

Atlanta has held the No. 9 pick four times in its history and picked Gerald Riggs in 1982

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The NFL Draft order has been updated and the New York Jets (0-10), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) and Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) currently hold the top three spots.

As a result of their 24-9 loss to the Saints on Sunday, the Falcons fell to 3-7 on the year and now hold the No. 9 spot in the current order. Atlanta is actually one of six teams with three wins. The Cowboys, Washington, Chargers, Giants and Texans are the others. The Dolphins have two first-round picks, including Texans' first-round pick.

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The order is decided by the strength of schedule of their opponents. Other tebreakers include division tiebreakers, conference tiebreakers, interconference tiebreakers and then a coin toss.

Below is the draft order of the 18 teams that would not make the playoffs if the season ended today. Remember, the NFL expanded the playoff format to seven teams from each conference beginning this year.

Current draft order 1-18:

(0-10)
1
Jets_table
New York Jets
Strength of schedule: .585

Schedule: vs. Dolphins, vs. Raiders, at Seahawks, at Rams, vs. Browns, at Patriots

(1-9)
2
Jaguars_table
Jacksonville Jaguars
Strength of schedule: .553

Schedule: vs. Browns, at Vikings, vs. Titans, at Ravens, vs. Bears, at Colts

(2-7-1)
3
Bengals_table
Cincinnati Bengals
Strength of schedule: .534

Schedule: vs. Giants, at Dolphins, vs. Cowboys, vs. Steelers, at Texans, vs. Ravens

(3-7)
4
Cowboys_table
Dallas Cowboys
Strength of schedule: .469

Schedule: vs. Washington, at Ravens, at Bengals, vs. 49ers, vs. Eagles, at Giants

(3-7)
5
Washington_table
Washington Football Team
Strength of schedule: .472

Schedule: at Cowboys, at Steelers, at 49ers, vs. Steelers, vs. Panthers, at Eagles

(3-7)
6
Chargers_table
Los Angeles Chargers
Strength of schedule: .500

Schedule: at Bills, vs. Patriots, vs. Falcons, at Raiders, vs. Broncos, at Chiefs

(3-7)
7
Giants_table
New York Giants
Strength of schedule: .500

Schedule: at Bengals, at Seahawks, vs. Cardinals, vs. Browns, at Ravens, vs. Cowboys

(6-4)
8
Dolphins_table
Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans)
Texans (3-7) strength of schedule: .553

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

(3-7)
9
Falcons_Table
Atlanta Falcons
Strength of schedule: .556

Schedule: vs. Raiders, vs. Saints, at Chargers, vs. Bucs, at Chiefs, at Bucs

(4-7)
10
Panthers_table
Carolina Panthers
Strength of schedule: .544

Schedule: at Vikings, BYE, vs. Broncos, at Packers, at Washington, vs. Saints

(4-6)
11
Lions_table
Detroit Lions
Strength of schedule: .503

Schedule: vs. Texans, at Bears, vs. Packers, at Titans, vs. Bucs, vs. Vikings

(4-6)
12
Patriots_table
New England Patriots
Strength of schedule: .503

Schedule: vs. Cardinals, at Chargers, at Rams, at Dolphins, vs. Bills, vs. Jets

(4-6)
13
Vikings_table
Minnesota Vikings
Strength of schedule: .509

Schedule: vs. Panthers, vs. Jaguars, at Bucs, vs. Bears, at Saints, at Lions

(4-6)
14
49ers_table
San Francisco 49ers
Strength of schedule: .522

Schedule: at Rams, vs. Bills, vs. Washington, at Cowboys, at Cardinals, vs. Seahawks

(4-6)
15
Broncos_table
Denver Broncos
Strength of schedule: .571

Schedule: vs. Saints, at Chiefs, at Panthers, vs. Bills, at Chargers, vs. Raiders

(5-5)
16
Bears_table
Chicago Bears
Strength of schedule: .494

Schedule: at Packers, vs. Lions, vs. Texans, at Vikings, at Jaguars, vs. Packers

(6-4)
17
Dolphins_table
Miami Dolphins
Strength of schedule: .443

Schedule: at Jets, vs. Bengals, vs. Chiefs, vs. Patriots, at Raiders, at Bills

(6-4)
18
Ravens_table
Baltimore Ravens
Strength of schedule: .516

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

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Falcons history picking at No. 9

While the Falcons hold the No. 9 spot at the moment, that could very well end up changing quite a bit between now and the end of the regular season (of if they were to clinch a playoff berth). Regardless, Atlanta has held the No. 9 pick four times in its history and below are the players they've selected in that spot, including Gerald Riggs in 1982, the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 6,631 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Table inside Article
YearPlayerPositionSchool
1993Lincoln KennedyTackleWashington
1984Rick BryanDefensive endOklahoma
1982Gerald RiggsRunning backArizona State
1976Bubba BeanRunning backTexas A&M

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