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NFL Draft Order: With Playoff Departures, Four More Slots Set

With the departures of the Chiefs, Colts, Saints and Eagles from the playoffs, we now know where those teams will pick in the NFL Draft. So here's what we have so far. Left to be determined, of course, are seven of the eight remaining playoff teams: the Seahawks, Packers, Bears, Jets, Ravens, Steelers and Falcons. The Patriots will also have an extra pick near the end of the first round, although we also already know they will have the 17th pick, which they got from the Raiders.

1. Panthers

2. Broncos

3. Bills

4. Bengals

5. Cardinals

6. Browns

7. 49ers

8. Titans

9. Cowboys

10. Redskins

11. Texans

12. Vikings

13. Lions

14. Dolphins

15. Rams

16. Jaguars

17. Patriots (via Raiders)

18. Chargers

19. Giants

20. Bucs

21. Chiefs

22. Colts

23. Eagles

24. Saints

It has been fun following the mock drafts so far this year, but the draft is still wide-open, even moreso than it was last week when consensus top talent Andrew Luck announced he was returning to Stanford. I'm sure Seahawks fans will take their team's win over the Saints this week, but that win bumps them down at least four more spots in the draft, and they are a 7-9 team with plenty of needs. The Steelers had a bye this week, so we don't know any more about their draft position than we did before this week's games, but that doesn't necessarily matter much, at least not for predictive purposes - we know the Steelers are likely to at least think about picking an offensive lineman with their first pick, and there isn't yet much consensus about where the top offensive linemen will fall in the draft.

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