While the Carolina Panthers secured the top pick last week, the rest of the order for those non-playoff bound teams has taken shape.
Three 4-12 teams obtained the next spots with the Broncos at No. 2, Bills at No. 3 and Bengals at No. 4.
This is the first time Denver has had a pick so high in the history of the NFL draft. The last time the Broncos were in the top five, they had the No. 4 pick in 1991 and used it to select Nebraska LB Mike Croel. Last year they picked WR Demaryius Thomas at No. 22 and then traded with the Ravens to obtain QB Tim Tebow at No. 25.
Sunday’s just miss 10-6 NFC teams, the Giants and Buccaneers, have picks No. 19 and No. 20 respectively.
The Patriots are the one playoff team that currently has a spot in the top 20 with the 17th overall selection. They obtained that pick in the trade last Sept. 6 with the Raiders for DT Richard Seymour in exchange for their first rounder.