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Bengals back in top 10 of 2017 NFL Draft order

Every Bengals loss helps the team get a better draft pick in 2017. And this week’s loss put the team back into the (current) top 10.

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A Bengals loss and a Panthers win in Week 15 have placed the Bengals back into the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft order. If the NFL season ended today (which it doesn't) the Bengals would have the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Bengals haven’t had a top 10 draft pick since 2011 when the team selected A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick and Andy Dalton with the 36th overall pick. That duo would go on to lead the Bengals to five consecutive playoff berths, and five straight Wild Card round losses.

This season, the playoff streak comes to an end and Bengals fans are hoping a dynamic player fresh out of college can help revive the current roster, which features many top talents and impressive playmakers. A highly talented, top 10 draft pick could be just what the Bengals need to get them back into the playoffs and within reach of an elusive playoff victory.

Here’s the current NFL Draft order, which will certainly change after the final two weeks of the season are complete.

2017 NFL Draft Order as of Week 16

Order Team CONF DIV Wins Losses % SOS% Playoffs
Order Team CONF DIV Wins Losses % SOS% Playoffs
1 Cleveland Browns AFC North 0 14 0 0.556 Eliminated
2 San Francisco 49ers NFC West 1 13 0.071 0.509 Eliminated
3 Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South 2 12 0.143 0.545 Eliminated
4 Chicago Bears NFC North 3 11 0.214 0.52 Eliminated
5 Los Angeles Rams NFC West 4 10 0.286 0.5 Eliminated
6 New York Jets AFC East 4 10 0.286 0.516 Eliminated
7 San Diego Chargers AFC West 5 9 0.357 0.54 Eliminated
8 Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 5 9 0.357 0.567 Eliminated
9 Arizona Cardinals NFC West 5.5 8.5 0.393 0.467 Eliminated
10 Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 5.5 8.5 0.393 0.52 Eliminated
11 Carolina Panthers NFC South 6 8 0.429 0.511 Eliminated
12 New Orleans Saints NFC South 6 8 0.429 0.531 Eliminated
13 Buffalo Bills AFC East 7 7 0.5 0.471 Eliminated
14 Indianapolis Colts AFC South 7 7 0.5 0.491 In the hunt
15 Minnesota Vikings NFC North 7 7 0.5 0.496 In the hunt
16 Washington Redskins NFC East 7.5 6.5 0.536 0.513 In the hunt
17 Tennessee Titans AFC South 8 6 0.571 0.464 In the hunt
18 Baltimore Ravens AFC North 8 6 0.571 0.484 In the hunt
19 Green Bay Packers NFC North 8 6 0.571 0.518 In the hunt
20 Denver Broncos AFC West 8 6 0.571 0.551 In the hunt

Picks 21-32 are based on the finishing order of the playoff teams.

Which players will you be eyeing for the Bengals in the months ahead?