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.

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.

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. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

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 four NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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 command 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.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

Signals Intelligence

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

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.

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 Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, which will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Learn more about the NFL’s Tiebreaking Procedures

The tentative order of the first round was announced by the NFL. The final order is subject to the results of the playoffs and is determined by the following procedures:

(A) The winner of the Super Bowl selects last and the loser next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of their 2017 regular season records.

(B) The losers of the conference championship games select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their 2017 regular season records.

(C) The losers of the divisional playoff games select in the 25th through 28th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their 2017 regular season records.

(D) The losers of the wild card games shall select in the 21st through 24th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their 2017 regular season records.

(E) Teams not in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their 2017 regular season records.

Ties that still exist in any group except (A) will be broken by based on strength of schedule. The team that faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate winning percentage will have a higher draft position.

If ties still exist, the teams’ divisional or conference records will be used to break the tie. If neither applies, a coin flip will break the tie.

Since Oakland and San Francisco have the same record and strength-of-schedule, and the divisional and conference tie-breaker don’t apply, the tie for the ninth and 10th positions will be determined by a coin flip.

The tie between Green Bay and Washington for the 13th and 14th position was broken by conference tie-breakers. Since both clubs had the same conference record (5-7), their winning percentages in common games is used. Washington (1-4) had a worse record in common games than Green Bay (2-3), so they draft in the 13th position.

The tie between Dallas and Detroit for the 19th and 20th position was broken by conference tie-breakers. Since Dallas (7-5) finished with a worse record in conference games than Detroit (8-4), the Cowboys will draft 19th.

2018 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER
Position Team Win Loss Tie Winning % Opp. Win Opp. Loss Opp. Tie Strength of Schedule
1 Cleveland Browns 0 16 0 0 133 123 0 0.52
2 New York Giants 3 13 0 0.188 136 120 0 0.531
3 Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 0.25 123 133 0 0.48
4 Houston Texans
(traded to Cleveland)
4 12 0 0.25 132 124 0 0.516
5 Denver Broncos  5 11 0 0.313 126 130 0 0.492
6 New York Jets 5 11 0 0.313 133 123 0 0.52
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 0.313 142 114 0 0.555
8 Chicago Bears 5 11 0 0.313 143 113 0 0.559
9 Oakland Raiders^ 6 10 0 0.375 131 125 0 0.512
San Francisco 49ers^ 6 10 0 0.375 131 125 0 0.512
11 Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 0.375 139 117 0 0.543
12 Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 0.438 119 137 0 0.465
13 Washington Redskins 7 9 0 0.438 138 118 0 0.539
14 Green Bay Packers 7 9 0 0.438 138 118 0 0.539
15 Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 0.5 125 131 0 0.488
16 Baltimore Ravens 9 7 0 0.563 113 143 0 0.441
17 Los Angeles Chargers 9 7 0 0.563 117 139 0 0.457
18 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 0.563 126 130 0 0.492
19 Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 0.563 127 129 0 0.496
20 Detroit Lions 9 7 0 0.563 127 129 0 0.496
21 Tennessee Titans* 9 7 0 0.563 111 145 0 0.434
22 Buffalo Bills* 9 7 0 0.563 126 130 0 0.492
23 Jacksonville Jaguars* 10 6 0 0.625 111 145 0 0.434
24 Kansas City Chiefs*
(traded to Buffalo)
10 6 0 0.625 122 134 0 0.477
25 Atlanta Falcons* 10 6 0 0.625 139 117 0 0.543
26 Los Angeles Rams* 11 5 0 0.688 129 127 0 0.504
27 New Orleans Saints* 11 5 0 0.688 137 119 0 0.535
28 Carolina Panthers* 11 5 0 0.688 138 118 0 0.539
29 Pittsburgh Steelers* 13 3 0 0.813 116 140 0 0.453
30 Philadelphia Eagles* 13 3 0 0.813 118 138 0 0.461
31 New England Patriots* 13 3 0 0.813 124 132 0 0.484
32 Minnesota Vikings* 13 3 0 0.813 126 130 0 0.492

*- Subject to Playoffs

^- The ninth and 10th selections will be decided by coin flip

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