With the NFL regular season and Wild Card playoff round having passed, we now know the order of the first 24 picks of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The first 20 selections were set going into Wild Card weekend, and picks 21-24 are now set following this weekend's four playoff games. The Cincinnati Bengals will be picking 24th this year after losing this weekend to lock in their draft spot. The Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans and Washington also had their draft spots set.
But because the Bengals have the best record of these four teams, Cincy gets the lowest draft spot among them. The reason Cincinnati has typically had the No. 21 pick in the draft (4 times in past 6 seasons) is because when the Bengals ended up losing in the Wild Card round, they had the worst record of the four teams.
However, Cincinnati had the best record of the four this time, which is why they have the 24th pick again. The Bengals also had the 24th pick in the 2014 draft after being knocked out of the Wild Card round while having the best record of the four losing teams that year as well.
They would go on to select Michigan State corner Darqueze Dennard with the 24th pick that year. Ironically, the No. 24 jersey number is currently held by fellow corner Adam Jones, who is set to become a free agent this offseason and possibly leave Dennard to take over his starting spot.
The theme of 24 and corners continues with the Bengals' selection of South Carolina corner Johnathan Joseph with...you guessed it, the 24th-overall pick. With Jones and Leon Hall both set to become free agency this offseason and Dennard coming off shoulder surgery, could we see another corner at 24?
As for picks 25-31, they will be determined by the remaining results of the playoffs. The New England Patriots currently do not own a first-round pick as a the result of punishments handed down by the NFL as a result of Deflategate. So, instead of picking 48th in round two of the draft, the Bengals will likely be picking 47th as there will only be 31 picks in the first round.
Here's a look at the current draft order along with the regular-season 2015 strength of schedule for each team, courtesy of CBS Sports: