The Cincinnati Bengals are essentially (though, not mathematically) out of the playoff race, so now the attention turns toward where they’ll be picking in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Somehow, the Bengals have done just enough to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot while also being in the hunt for a top-10 pick for much of the season. Thanks a to a host of NFL teams having five-plus wins, the Bengals could easily be holding a pick in the 15-20 range just as easily as they could have a top-five pick going into the final three games.
As it stands, the 9-13 range appears to be where the Bengals will be drafting, depending on how other teams finish their seasons.
Between matchups with the Vikings, Ravens and Lions, it’s hard to see the Bengals winning more than one game their remaining games this season.
That means Cincinnati should hold a top-10 pick when it’s all said and done. For now, here’s a look at the 2018 NFL Draft order as of Monday, Dec. 11:
NFL Draft order heading into Week 15
|6||Texans (pick belongs to CLE)||4||9||0||0.308||0.5121|
|Currently in playoffs|
|AFC Wild Card||Ravens||7||6||0||0.538||0.4589|
|AFC West||Chiefs (pick belongs to BUF)||7||6||0||0.538||0.4903|
|AFC WIld Card||Titans||8||5||0||0.615||0.4444|
|NFC Wild Card||Falcons||8||5||0||0.615||0.5534|
|NFC Wild Card||Panthers||9||4||0||0.692||0.5388|
The Bengals are currently slated to have the ninth overall pick, which would be the same spot where the team picked in 2017. The Browns, Giants, Colts, 49ers, Broncos, Browns (again, via the Texans), Bears and Buccaneers are currently ahead of the Bengals in the draft order.