The order of selection is chosen by the previous season's finish in reverse order. Barring any inter-club trades, each round begins with the team with the worst record and finishes with the Super Bowl victors. Teams that did not make the playoffs are allocated draft positions 1–20. When there is a tie for the last pick, the team that came out ahead in the tiebreaker (for example, if they played each other during the season) will move up one spot. The team that was first in the standings moves to the bottom of the pile.
Here is how the draft has worked since its inception in the 1974 league merger:
Round 1 (Apr. 24): First, teams select in the order of their choice subject to the restrictions described below. They can trade selections, but cannot give away their own draft choices. If two teams select the same player, the one who drafted later gets the chance to select him again. The team that failed to select him in Round 1 can select him in Round 2 (April 30).
Round 2 (May 7): Again, teams select in the order of their choice subject to the restrictions described below. If two players are still left on the board when the second round ends, the team that lost the coin toss can choose either one of them. This process continues through the final round which consists of the remaining players after all rounds have been completed.
The standings at the end of the regular season decide the order: the team with the poorest record picks first, while the one with the best record picks 20th. Teams that did not make the playoffs are awarded draft positions 21-32. The highest and lowest drafted players per team can be found on our NFL Draft Roster page.
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Rookie salaries are set by a formula that accounts for age, experience, college production, league revenue, etc. The number is based on the 5th percentile of all players who have entered the NFL over the past 15 years. In other words, it's the minimum salary you'd expect from the #1 pick.
Each of the 32 NFL clubs has one pick every round (seven total) to select a player. The clubs are ranked from worst to best in terms of regular-season record last year, with the poorest team being chosen first. In each round, the club that won the Super Bowl the previous year is chosen last.
The Super Bowl loser is selected last. The Super Bowl champion is chosen last. Teams with the same record, regardless of whether they made the playoffs, alternate draft spots in following rounds. The only exceptions are the Super Bowl clubs, who always make the last choice.
In 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers were slated to pick at #100, but instead chose to trade their pick down to #97. They acquired this right when they lost their first game of the season to start 0-7. The team that wins the Super Bowl gets the last pick in the draft. Since the Steelers won that title last year, they will choose first this year.
Here are the teams picking after them: 10th - Buffalo Bills, 11th - Jacksonville Jaguars, 12th - Cleveland Browns.
Currently, each of the 32 teams receives one selection in each of the NFL Draft's seven rounds (the number of teams drafting has changed over time, and there have been as many as 30 rounds in a single draft). For example, the team with the best record last season will select first this year.
The draft has always had more rounds than today because they used to pick twice on day 1. In 1969, the league decided to make each team's selection in round 1 based on what position they ranked highest on their roster. This left round 2 with 10 teams who didn't need help at any position and 27 teams who did. To make up for this, round 3 had 20 teams selecting, round 4 had 15, round 5 had 10, and round 6 had 1 player selected. This system was used until 1974 when it was decided that having so many empty spots on teams' rosters was too difficult to manage. Since then, each team only selects once per draft, either in round 1 or 2.
Here are the drafts with the most rounds:
Round 1: 4 rounds (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)
Round 1: 7 rounds (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
The remainder of the first round (Nos. 15–30) and the whole second round (Nos. 30–60) are determined by reverse order of regular season record. Each NBA franchise receives one first-round selection and one second-round selection. The last team out of the playoffs is guaranteed a second-round pick, with all other teams receiving their selections in sequential order based on how far they made it in the previous year's playoffs.
Any player who was under contract for another team or who had opted out of his contract can be drafted directly by the acquiring team. If a player is not under contract, his employer has the right of refusal but may lose him to free agency if he chooses another team. A player cannot block his own trade to a new team; instead, his current team has the right of refusal. A team that wants to keep its pick can offer its contract to the player, which gives the player no choice but to sign with the team that drafted him.
If a player is already under contract to a different team when he is selected by the acquiring team, then his former team has the right of refusal before the acquiring team can negotiate with him. If they choose not to match the offer from the acquiring team, then the player will join his new team.