The top twenty draft picks go to non-playoff teams with the next four going to teams that lost in the Wild Card round. With the playoffs heading into the divisional round, the first 24 picks are locked into place.
The Cincinnati Bengals have the worst record among Wild Card losers and will pick 21st. The Pittsburgh Steelers will pick 24th as the Wild Card loser with the best record. In between are the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, two teams that finished the regular season with 10-6 records. The Cleveland Browns get the Falcons pick because of a 2011 draft day trade and will pick 22nd while the Lions get pick 23 due to the strength of schedule tie breaker.