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NFL Draft order 2017: Bengals in line for 8th overall pick

The Bengals’ draft positioning weakened after the team’s win over the Eagles.

2011 NFL Draft Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images

The Bengals’ win over the Eagles moved their draft positioning back to the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With a resurgence following that 32-14 win and some additional winnable games approaching, it’s possible the Bengals are bounced out of the top 10 of the draft order.

The Bengals currently have a 4-7-1 record that should improve to 5-7-1 on Sunday, as long as they keep the Browns winless and claim their second victory of the season over the league’s worst team. The Browns are currently in line for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and it’s pretty likely they maintain that positioning.

The Bengals are in a position where it’s nearly impossible that they make the playoffs, but, every win they do get from here until the end of the season will only hurt their draft order next season.

Still, playing for pride and building momentum for next season are what I’d choose for this team instead of tanking for a better draft pick. The Bengals should be able to snag a great player whether they have the sixth pick or 16th pick.

Here’s the draft order heading into Week 14 in the NFL:

Order Team CONF DIV Wins Losses % SOS% Clinched/Projected
1 Cleveland Browns AFC North 0 12 0 0.544 Clinched Elimination
2 San Francisco 49ers NFC West 1 11 0.083 0.516 Clinched Elimination
3 Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South 2 10 0.167 0.542 Clinched Elimination
4 Chicago Bears NFC North 3 9 0.25 0.513 Clinched Elimination
5 New York Jets AFC East 3 9 0.25 0.513 Clinched Elimination
6 Los Angeles Rams (Tennessee Titans own this pick) NFC West 4 8 0.333 0.495
7 Carolina Panthers NFC South 4 8 0.333 0.529
8 Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 4.5 7.5 0.375 0.513
9 New Orleans Saints NFC South 5 7 0.417 0.536
10 San Diego Chargers AFC West 5 7 0.417 0.542
11 Philadelphia Eagles (Cleveland Browns own this pick) NFC East 5 7 0.417 0.563
12 Arizona Cardinals NFC West 5.5 6.5 0.458 0.461
13 Buffalo Bills AFC East 6 6 0.5 0.466
14 Tennessee Titans AFC South 6 6 0.5 0.469
15 Indianapolis Colts AFC South 6 6 0.5 0.484
16 Minnesota Vikings (Philadelphia Eagles own this pick) NFC North 6 6 0.5 0.49
17 Green Bay Packers NFC North 6 6 0.5 0.521
18 Washington Redskins NFC East 6.5 5.5 0.542 0.516
19 Miami Dolphins AFC East 7 5 0.583 0.451
20 Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 7 5 0.583 0.492

Get more details on the draft order and strength of schedule here, courtesy of Scott Carasik.