Loss to Rams locks Cardinals in for No. 8 pick in 2020 NFL Draft

Dec 29, 2019, 8:57 PM | Updated: 9:48 pm
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)...
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

For the Arizona Cardinals and 19 other teams, the 2020 NFL Draft order is set.

Following a road loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17, the Cardinals are officially locked in for the no. 8 spot in the upcoming draft.

Taking the top spot in the draft are the Cincinnati Bengals, who won just two games in 2019. They’re followed by Washington Redskins, Detroit Lion, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins to close out the top five picks.

Excluding playoff teams, you’ll find a full list of the 2020 draft order heading into the offseason. But first, a few reminders about how the draft order is determined:

• The top of the draft order is decided by the inverse winning percentage.

• Tiebreakers are based on inverse strength of schedule — the aggregate winning percentage of a team’s opponents. In other words, the team that played the weakest schedule with the worst combined record will earn a higher pick.

2020 NFL Draft order (as of Week 17)

Pick Team Record Strength of schedule
1 Cincinnati Bengals 2-14 .553
2 Washington Redskins 3-13 .500
3 Detroit Lions 3-12-1 .506
4 New York Giants 4-12 .473
5 Miami Dolphins 5-11 .484
6 Los Angeles Chargers 5-11 .514
7 Carolina Panthers 5-11 .549
8 Arizona Cardinals 5-10-1 .530
9 Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10 .484
10 Cleveland Browns 6-10 .533
11 New York Jets 7-9 .473
12 Oakland Raiders 7-9 .482
13 Indianapolis Colts 7-9 .492
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9 .500
15 Denver Broncos 7-9 .510
16 Atlanta Falcons 7-9 .545
17 Dallas Cowboys 8-8 .479
18 PIT (to MIA) 8-8 .502
19 CHI (to OAK) 8-8 .508
20 LA (to JAX) 9-7 .536

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