Projected 2016 NFL Draft Order: Post Week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) reacts as he was sacked against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tennessee Titans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 1st week of the NFL season is in the books and ESPN has updated their always interesting Power Rankings. These rankings are a good way to gauge each team’s current status, but I use it to develop a projected 2016 NFL Draft order. The first several picks are very straight forward as I just go in reverse order.

However, figuring out the playoff teams can get a little tricky. The key is to map out what a playoff bracket may look like and then simulate the outcome based on where each team lands on the power rankings. Each division needs to be represented which results in teams like the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles missing the playoff cut despite landing higher on the power rankings than a team like the Atlanta Falcons.

Obviously, this projected order will change from week to week so be sure to check back to see the updates.

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