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2024 NFL Draft: Picks order and fun facts

The 2024 NFL Draft will be held over the course of three days in Detroit, Michigan, with the opening round set to take place on Thursday, April 25 and the subsequent six rounds then being held on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.

As of this writing the Chicago Bears hold the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, having acquired the selection from the Carolina Panthers prior to last year’s draft along with three other draft picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore in exchange for their first-round pick (first overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Panthers then selected quarterback Bryce Young with the pick that they acquired.

That means, barring a trade, the Bears would have two picks in the first nine selections of the 2024 NFL Draft, as they also hold their own first-round pick at No. 9 overall. Quarterback Caleb Williams of USC is widely expected to be the first player taken on April 25, regardless of who holds the pick.

Along with the Bears, the Cardinals also hold two picks in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, their own at No. 4 overall and the Houston Texans’ at No. 27 overall. The Panthers and the Cleveland Browns both have zero picks in the first round this year. Here’s a look at the first-round order . . .

2024 NFL Draft First Round (as of March 5)

01 – Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers)
02 – Washington Commanders
03 – New England Patriots
04 – Arizona Cardinals
05 – Los Angeles Chargers
06 – New York Giants
07 – Tennessee Titans
08 – Atlanta Falcons
09 – Chicago Bears
10 – New York Jets
11 – Minnesota Vikings
12 – Denver Broncos
13 – Las Vegas Raiders
14 – New Orleans Saints
15 – Indianapolis Colts
16 – Seattle Seahawks
17 – Jacksonville Jaguars
18 – Cincinnati Bengals
19 – Los Angeles Rams
20 – Pittsburgh Steelers
21 – Miami Dolphins
22 – Philadelphia Eagles
23 – Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns)
24 – Dallas Cowboys
25 – Green Bay Packers
26 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27 – Arizona Cardinals (via Houston Texans)
28 – Buffalo Bills
29 – Detroit Lions
30 – Baltimore Ravens
31 – San Francisco 49ers
32 – Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 32 selection in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft since they were the winners of Super Bowl LVIII, with the runner-up – the San Francisco 49ers – picking in the No. 31 spot.

The losers of the conference championship games (the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens) hold the two spots before that, in the order determined by the standard tiebreakers, and so on through the other teams that made the postseason. The non-playoff teams are slotted into the first 18 spots in the 2024 draft order.

Young, Stroud top picks at 2023 NFL Draft

At last year’s draft quarterbacks Young and C.J. Stroud were taken with the top two selections, by the Panthers and the Texans. The Texans also held the third overall pick last year via a trade with the Cardinals and took linebacker Will Anderson Jr., while the Colts selected quarterback Anthony Richardson at No. 4 overall. Cornerback Devon Witherspoon went fifth overall to the Seahawks.

Overall there were 36 cornerbacks selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, the most of any position, followed by wide receivers (33), linebackers (30), defensive ends (22), defensive tackles (21), and safeties (20). That was followed by offensive tackles (19), running backs (18), offensive guards (15), tight ends (15), quarterbacks (14), and centers (9). Three kickers and three punters were selected.

A total of 62 players from the SEC were selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, the most of any conference, followed by 55 from the Big Ten, 32 from the ACC, 30 from the Big 12, and 27 from the Pac-12. Alabama and Georgia each had 10 players selected, followed by nine from Michigan, and eight from TCU. Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, and Pittsburgh had six selected each.

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