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NFL Draft 2017 order: Browns cruising to the No. 1 pick

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The Browns are now 0-9 and inching closer to locking up the top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

In most cases, the first pick of the NFL Draft isn’t officially locked up until Week 17, but the Cleveland Browns have a good chance at locking it up early. With a 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, the Browns dropped to 0-9 and still have three more games before a Week 13 bye.

It was clear early in the season and possibly even before the season that the Browns were the favorite for the top draft pick, and a slew of quarterback injuries exacerbated that. Five different quarterbacks have already taken significant snaps behind center and that doesn’t even include Terrelle Pryor, a quarterback-turned-wide receiver who has been asked to handle passing duties in a pinch a few times.

The struggles have left the Browns winless and ahead of the 1-7 San Francisco 49ers for the No. 1 pick. But thanks to a schedule that features games against the AFC East and NFC East, two of only three divisions in the NFL with collective winning records, the Browns have a higher strength of schedule than the 49ers.

That’s not the best news for Cleveland as lower strength of schedule is the tiebreaker. However, the Browns don’t look like they’re ready to start rattling off wins any time soon.

With eight weeks left to play there is still plenty of time for the playoff picture and the 2017 NFL Draft order to get flipped on their heads.

This is the draft order for the top 20 after Week 9:

# Team Rec. Rec. % SoS %
1 Cleveland Browns 0-9 0.000 0.527
2 San Francisco 49ers 1-7 0.125 0.512
3 Chicago Bears 2-6 0.250 0.511
4 Jacksonville Jaguars 2-6 0.250 0.533
5 New York Jets 3-6 0.333 0.488
6 Los Angeles Rams (pick belongs to Titans) 3-5 0.375 0.484
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-5 0.375 0.534
8 Carolina Panthers 3-5 0.375 0.538
9 Arizona Cardinals 3-4-1 0.429 0.477
10 Cincinnati Bengals 3-4-1 0.429 0.492
11 Buffalo Bills 4-5 0.444 0.465
12 Tennessee Titans 4-5 0.444 0.481
13 Indianapolis Colts 4-5 0.444 0.504
14 San Diego Chargers 4-5 0.444 0.537
15 Miami Dolphins 4-4 0.500 0.447
16 Pittsburgh Steelers 4-4 0.500 0.477
17 New Orleans Saints 4-4 0.500 0.523
18 Green Bay Packers 4-4 0.500 0.534
19 Philadelphia Eagles (pick belongs to Browns) 4-4 0.500 0.551
20 Detroit Lions 5-4 0.556 0.496

(Picks 21-32 are determined by finishing order in the playoffs. Teams currently in line for a postseason bid are not included.)