The Carolina Panthers own the No. 1 pick of the 2011 draft, which will be held on April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The order of the first round has been announced, although the bottom part is subject to playoff results.
The NFL draft will kick off in prime time for the second consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 28. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 30.
The Panthers' choice will be followed by the Denver Broncos picking second and the Buffalo Bills third.
Below is the tentative order of the first round of the 2011 draft, subject to the results of the playoffs. The draft order is determined by the following procedures:
(A) The winner of the Super Bowl will select last and the other Super Bowl participant next-to-last, regardless of their regular-season record.
(B) The Championship Game participants not advancing to the Super Bowl will select 29th and 30th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
(C) The Divisional Playoff participants not advancing to the Championship Games will select 25th through 28th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
(D) The Wild Card participants not advancing to the Divisional Playoffs will select 21st through 24th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
(E) Non-playoff clubs will select first through 20th, according to the reverse order of their standing.
If ties exist in any grouping except (A) above, they will be broken by strength of schedule (i.e., figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club's regular-season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club which faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage).
If ties still exist after applying the strength of schedule tiebreaker, the divisional or conference tiebreakers are applied, if applicable. If the divisional or conference tiebreakers are not applicable, ties will be broken by a coin flip.
2011 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER
1. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
2. Denver Broncos (4-12)
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
11. Houston Texans (6-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10)
13. Detroit Lions (6-10)
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
17. Oakland Raiders (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6)
*21. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
*22. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
*23. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
*24. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
*25. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
*26. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
*27. Chicago Bears (11-5)
*28. New York Jets (11-5)
*29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
*30. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
*31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
*32. New England Patriots (14-2)
*Subject to Playoffs