The 2014 NFL Draft will be the 79th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players. The draft, officially called the "NFL Players Selection Meeting", will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on May 8–10, 2014. The draft's traditional time frame in late April will not be available in 2014 due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall, and the NFL plans to continue holding the draft in May in future years as part of a permanent offseason calendar change.
The selection order for the first round is as follows. The Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts traded their first round selections, and will make their first selection in the second round (34th and 59th overall, respectively). The selection order for subsequent rounds will follow the order of the first round, except that teams with the same record and same playoff result will rotate among their respective groups (these groups are indicated by the bold gray lines in the table below). Also, 32 additional supplemental picks will be allocated between the ends of round 3 through 7, for a total of 256 picks. See the rules for determining draft order for more details.
tie Baltimore and Dallas finished with the same record and the same strength of schedule. A coin flip, held at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, determined which team picks first.
12–4 teams Carolina lost in the Divisional round, while New England and San Francisco lost in the Conference Championship Games. So, Carolina will pick #28 in every round, while New England and San Francisco will cycle picks.
SB Seattle defeated Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. So, Denver will pick ahead of Seattle in each round, even though both teams had the same regular season record.
note Five recent graduates (Dion Bailey, Carl Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Hubbard, and Louis Nix) entered the draft with eligibility remaining and are not included in the record total of 98 underclassmen. These players are included in the list above, bringing the total number of players entering the draft with eligibility remaining to 103.
^No. 2: Washington → St. Louis (D). Washington traded this selection along with its first-round selection (6th overall) in 2012, its second-round selection in 2012 and its first round selection in 2013 (22nd overall) to St. Louis in exchange for St. Louis' 2012 first-round selection (No. 2 overall).[source 1]
^No. 26: Indianapolis → Cleveland (PD). Indianapolis traded this selection to Cleveland in exchange for running back Trent Richardson on September 18, 2013.[source 2]
^No. 56: Kansas City → San Francisco (PD). Kansas City traded a conditional 2014 third-round selection along with a 2013 second-round selection to San Francisco in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith; the 2014 selection was later upgraded to a second-rounder after a condition was met in which Kansas City won a minimum of eight games during the 2013 season.[source 3][source 4]
^No. 77: Tennessee → San Francisco (PD). Tennessee traded this selection, along with its 2013 second- and seventh-round selections to San Francisco in exchange for San Francisco's 2013 second-round selection.[source 5]
^No. 83: Pittsburgh → Cleveland (PD). Pittsburgh traded this selection to Cleveland in exchange for Cleveland's 2013 fourth-round selection.[source 6]
^No. 96: Seattle → Minnesota (PD). Seattle traded this selection, along with its 2013 first- and seventh-round selections to Minnesota in exchange for wide receiver Percy Harvin.[source 7]
^Round 5 No. 6: Oakland → Seattle (PD). Oakland traded this selection to Seattle in exchange for quarterback Matt Flynn.[source 10] The trade also conditionally included the Raiders' 2015 fifth-round selection, however, that condition was voided when the Raiders waived Flynn in October 2013.[source 11]
^Round 5 No. 10: Detroit → Jacksonville (PD). Detroit traded this selection to Jacksonville in exchange for wide receiver Mike Thomas.[source 12]
^Round 5 No. 29: multiple trades: Round 5 No. 29: New England → Philadelphia (PD). New England traded this selection to Philadelphia in exchange for Philadelphia's sixth-round selection and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.[source 13] Round 5 No. 29: Philadelphia → New Orleans (D). Philadelphia then traded this selection to New Orleans in exchange for running back Darren Sproles.[source 14]
^Round 7 No. 14: Chicago → Dallas (PD). Chicago traded this selection to Dallas in exchange for tight end Dante Rosario.[source 20]
^Round 7 No. 17: Baltimore → Indianapolis (PD). Baltimore traded this selection to Indianapolis in exchange for center A. Q. Shipley.[source 21]
^Round 7 No. 20: Arizona → Oakland (PD). Arizona traded a conditional 2014 seventh-round selection along with a 2013 sixth-round selection to Oakland in exchange for quarterback Carson Palmer and Oakland's 2013 seventh-round selection. The 2014 selection was contingent on Palmer starting 13 games in the 2013 season, which he did.[source 22]
^Trotter, Jim (October 8, 2013). "Flynn trade". Retrieved October 8, 2013. "Seattle receives Oak's 5th-round pick in 2014. The 2015 conditional pick (also 5th rd) is voided b/c Flynn not on '15 roster."
^Wagoner, Nick (January 11, 2014). "Rams-related playoff notes: Divisional round". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2014. "Indianapolis cornerback Josh Gordy, whom the Rams receive a seventh-round draft choice for this year from a 2012 trade, made a big play to keep the Colts alive and will play the Patriots tonight."