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Updated 2018 NFL Draft order after Week 13 has Rams deep in the mix

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With just four games of the 2017 regular season remaining, here’s how the draft order is shaping up.

Rookie Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett
Rookie Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett
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While the Los Angeles Rams are warming up for a playoff push having guaranteed their first winning season since 2003, much of the NFL is already looking toward the offseason and the 2018 NFL Draft.

With just tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals looming, here’s the updated draft order via SBN:

2018 NFL Draft order after Week 13

# Team W L T W% SoS %
# Team W L T W% SoS %
1 Browns 0 12 0 0 0.5372
2 Giants 2 10 0 0.167 0.5052
3 49ers 2 10 0 0.167 0.526
4 Broncos 3 9 0 0.25 0.4869
5 Colts 3 9 0 0.25 0.4947
6 Bears 3 9 0 0.25 0.5526
7 Texans (pick belongs to CLE) 4 8 0 0.333 0.5211
8 Buccaneers 4 8 0 0.333 0.5521
9 Cardinals 5 7 0 0.417 0.4896
10 Jets 5 7 0 0.417 0.5156
11 Washington 5 7 0 0.417 0.5208
12 Dolphins 5 7 0 0.417 0.5521
13 Bengals 5 6 0 0.455 0.4684
14 Chargers 6 6 0 0.5 0.4531
15 Cowboys 6 6 0 0.5 0.4792
16 Raiders 6 6 0 0.5 0.4896
17 Lions 6 6 0 0.5 0.4947
18 Bills 6 6 0 0.5 0.5079
19 Packers 6 6 0 0.5 0.5316
20 Falcons 7 5 0 0.583 0.5573
Currently in playoffs
AFC West Chiefs (pick belongs to BUF) 6 6 0 0.5 0.4817
AFC Wild Card Ravens 7 5 0 0.583 0.4628
NFC Wild Card Seahawks 8 4 0 0.667 0.474
AFC South Titans 8 4 0 0.667 0.4526
AFC Wild Card Jaguars 8 4 0 0.667 0.4526
NFC Wild Card Panthers 8 4 0 0.667 0.5365
NFC West Rams 9 3 0 0.75 0.4948
NFC South Saints 9 3 0 0.75 0.5365
AFC North Steelers 9 2 0 0.818 0.4632
NFC East Eagles 10 2 0 0.833 0.4271
NFC North Vikings 10 2 0 0.833 0.4895
AFC East Patriots 10 2 0 0.833 0.4921

We’ll have to see how the top shakes out as things are really tight in those first six picks, though I think we’d all feel comfortable handing the Cleveland Browns the #1 overall pick right now.

As for the Rams, we’re deep in the playoff mix. Our real draft order will ultimately depend on our performance in January.

What’s worth remembering as mock drafts ramp up and draft talk begins percolating from the teams already looking beyond this season is that the Rams are without a second-round pick due to the trade with the Buffalo Bills for WR Sammy Watkins. The reality that the second-role hole impends is that the Rams will only have one pick in the first 80 or so much like the 2016 NFL Draft in which the Rams selected QB Jared Goff with the first overall pick and then waited. And waited. And waited. A full 108 picks passed before the Rams would pick again.

As it stands, here’s the current haul the Rams are looking at before General Manager Les Snead starts shopping picks as he usually does:

2018 NFL Draft LA Rams Order

Rd # overall # in round Pick
Rd # overall # in round Pick
3 87 23 Rams pick
4 111 11 Rams pick (via Dolphins)
4 135 35 Rams pick (via Giants)
4 136 36 Rams pick (via Patriots)
6 176 2 Rams pick (via Giants)
6 183 9 Rams pick (via Dolphins)
6 194 20 Rams pick (via Lions)
6 195 21 Rams pick (via Bills)

Even without the second-rounder, all those Day 3 picks we’ve stacked up currently comprise a forthcoming nine-player class.

So as we pick up draft coverage and track the order as it develops over this final months of the season, keep in mind that the Rams are back in the first-round mix after missing out last year, but will have to adjust their offseason personnel strategy for a major gap thereafter.