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2024 NFL Draft order: Patriots move into 5th spot after losing to Dolphins

The Patriots are currently the owners of a 2-6 record.

New England Patriots (17) Vs. Miami Dolphins (31) At Hard Rock Stadium Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The New England Patriots were unable to keep their momentum going following their win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 7. Going up against the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday, they played some sloppy football on both sides of the ball and ended up beaten with a final score of 31-17.

The loss now puts them on a 2-6 record this year — worst in the AFC and tied for third-worst in all of football at the moment. While that is obviously bad news for their playoff aspirations, they are in decent shape when it comes to securing one of the top spots in the draft next year.

As a look at the current order of non-playoff teams shows, the Patriots currently rank fifth:

NFL Draft order: Week 9

Pick Team Record Win % SOS
Pick Team Record Win % SOS
1 Arizona Cardinals 1-7 0.125 0.543
2 Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers) 1-6 0.143 0.516
3 Chicago Bears 2-6 0.250 0.449
4 New York Giants 2-6 0.250 0.538
5 New England Patriots 2-6 0.250 0.562
6 Green Bay Packers 2-5 0.286 0.450
7 Indianapolis Colts 3-5 0.375 0.492
8 Denver Broncos 3-5 0.375 0.504
9 Los Angeles Rams 3-5 0.375 0.512
10 Washington Commanders 3-5 0.375 0.515
11 Arizona Cardinals (via Houston Texans) 3-4 0.429 0.484
12 Las Vegas Raiders 3-4 0.429 0.485
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-4 0.429 0.485
14 Los Angeles Chargers 3-4 0.429 0.527
15 Tennessee Titans 3-4 0.429 0.535
16 New Orleans Saints 4-4 0.500 0.398
17 New York Jets 4-3 0.571 0.527
18 Cincinnati Bengals 4-3 0.571 0.558
Non-playoff teams only. Tankathon

New England entered Week 8 as the owners of the sixth overall draft pick, but their loss paired with a surprise Denver Broncos victory over the Kansas City Chiefs moved them up one slot. They are still the worst-ranked of the 2-6 teams, though, because their strength of schedule is higher than that of the Chicago Bears and New York Giants.

In fact, the Patriots’ 0.562 in that category remains the toughest not just within the 18 current non-playoff squads but the NFL as a whole. While some easier matchups on paper are coming up before their Week 11 bye — the Washington Commanders and Indianapolis Colts — New England’s strength of schedule will remain high compared to some of the other bottom-tier teams in the league right now.

Obviously, though, the list above is just a snapshot and things can and will change over the final 10 weeks of the season. The Patriots’ upcoming home game against a 3-5 Washington team might already create some change in the standings.

Kickoff between the two clubs is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.