Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

The Arizona Cardinals own the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, which will be held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The final order of the first round depends on the results of the playoffs. The draft order is determined by the following procedures:

  1. The winner of the Super Bowl game will select last and the loser will select next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of their regular season record.
  2. The losers of the Conference Championship games will select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
  3. The losers of the Divisional playoff games will select in the 25th through 28th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
  4. The losers of the Wild Card games will select in the 21st through 24th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
  5. Clubs not participating in the playoffs will select in the first through 20th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

If, after all these procedures are applied, a tie still exists in any grouping except A above, the tie will be broken by the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of the tied clubs’ regular season opponents and the club which faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage will get the preferential pick.

If ties still exist, the divisional or conference tie-breaking method, if applicable, will be applied. If neither are applicable, ties will be broken by a coin flip.

The tie between Buffalo and Denver for the 9th and 10th position was broken by conference tie-breakers. Since both clubs had the same conference record (4-8), their win-loss-tie percentage in common games is applied. Since both clubs had the same record in common games (1-4), their win-loss-tied percentage in strength of victory is applied.  Since Buffalo (.411) had a lower win-loss-tie percentage in strength of victory than Denver (.464), they are given priority.

Clubs involved in two-club ties will alternate positions from round-to-round. In ties that involve three or more clubs, the club at the top of a tied segment in a given round will move to the bottom of the segment for the next round, while all other clubs in the segment move up one position. This rotation continues throughout the Draft.

  Team Win Loss Tie Winning % Opp. Win Opp. Loss Opp. Tie Strength of Schedule
1 Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 0.188 134 120 2 0.527
2 San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 0.25 128 126 2 0.504
3 New York Jets 4 12 0 0.25 128 125 3 0.506
4 Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 0.25 139 115 2 0.547
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 0.313 133 121 2 0.523
6 New York Giants 5 11 0 0.313 135 121 0 0.527
7 Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 0.313 140 115 1 0.549
8 Detroit Lions 6 10 0 0.375 127 125 4 0.504
9 Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 0.375 133 121 2 0.523
10 Denver Broncos 6 10 0 0.375 133 121 2 0.523
11 Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 0.375 135 117 4 0.535
12 Green Bay Packers 6 9 1 0.406 124 130 2 0.488
13 Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 0.438 119 135 2 0.469
14 Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 0.438 122 131 3 0.482
15 Washington Redskins 7 9 0 0.438 124 131 1 0.486
16 Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 0.438 129 125 2 0.508
17 Cleveland Browns 7 8 1 0.469 131 123 2 0.516
18 Minnesota Vikings 8 7 1 0.531 128 126 2 0.504
19 Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 0.563 133 123 0 0.52
20 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 6 1 0.594 128 126 2 0.504
21 Philadelphia Eagles* 9 7 0 0.563 132 123 1 0.518
22 Indianapolis Colts* 10 6 0 0.625 119 137 0 0.465
23 Seattle Seahawks* 10 6 0 0.625 123 131 2 0.484
24 Dallas Cowboys* (traded to Oakland) 10 6 0 0.625 125 131 0 0.488
25 Baltimore Ravens* 10 6 0 0.625 125 127 4 0.496
26 Houston Texans* 11 5 0 0.688 120 135 1 0.471
27 New England Patriots* 11 5 0 0.688 122 131 3 0.482
28 Chicago Bears* (traded to Oakland) 12 4 0 0.75 108 144 4 0.43
29 Los Angeles Chargers* 12 4 0 0.75 121 133 2 0.477
30 Kansas City Chiefs* 12 4 0 0.75 122 132 2 0.48
31 Los Angeles Rams* 13 3 0 0.813 122 132 2 0.48
32 New Orleans Saints* (traded to Green Bay) 13 3 0 0.813 122 131 3 0.482
*- Subject to Playoffs