NFL releases Tentative 2014 Draft Order

On the night of May 8, 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers will pick 15th, behind the Chicago Bears, but ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins.

May 8, 2014 is the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The NFL has released what it calls its Tentative 2014 Draft Order, but for the Steelers and the other teams that didn't make the playoffs, there's nothing tentative about it. The Houston Texans will have the first overall pick, and the Arizona Cardinals will have the 20th pick, which is the last one for the non-playoff qualifiers.

In between the Texans and the Cardinals will be, in order: the Redskins, Jaguars, Browns, Raiders, Falcons, Buccaneers, Vikings, Bills, Lions, Titans, Giants, Rams, Bears, Steelers, Ravens or Cowboys, Jets, and Dolphins.

There were six teams, including the Steelers, that finished with 8-8 records in 2013, and for the purposes of the draft, teams pick in reverse order of their strength of schedule.

The Bears finished 8-8, but because they got to that record vs. opponents that were a combined 117-135-4 (.465), they will be the first of the .500 teams to pick in the first round of the 2014 draft. The Steelers will be next, based on their .469 strength of schedule (119-135-2).

The Ravens and Cowboys will take part in a coin flip to see who picks 16th and who picks 17th, because both of them had identical strength of schedules of .484. Then come the Jets at No. 18 with a .488, followed by the Dolphins at No. 19 with a .523.

Teams drafting between No. 21 and No. 32 will be determined by the outcome of the playoffs. The winner of the Super Bowl will pick 32nd, and the loser of the Super Bowl will pick 31st.

The following chart depicts the NFL's Tentative 2014 Draft Order:

RoundPick2013 RecordTeam
112-14Houston Texans
123-13Washington Redskins
134-12Jacksonville Jaguars
144-12Cleveland Browns
154-12Oakland Raiders
164-12Atlanta Falcons
174-12Tampa Bay Buccaneers
185-10-1Minnesota Vikings
196-10Buffalo Bills
1107-9Detroit Lions
1117-9Tennessee Titans
1127-9New York Giants
1137-9St. Louis Rams
1148-8Chicago Bears
1158-8Pittsburgh Steelers
1168-8Baltimore Ravens#
18-8Dallas Cowboys#
1188-8New York Jets
1198-8Miami Dolphins
12010-6Arizona Cardinals
1218-7-1Green Bay Packers
1229-7San Diego Chargers
12310-6Philadelphia Eagles
12411-5Kansas City Chiefs
12511-5Cincinnati Bengals
12611-5Indianapolis Colts
12711-5New Orleans Saints
12812-4New England Patriots
12912-4San Francisco 49ers
13012-4Carolina Panthers
13113-3Denver Broncos
13213-3Seattle Seahawks

*Subject to Playoffs

Subject to Coin Flip

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