It has felt like a formality for a long time, but the Jets are officially locked into one of the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Last night the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 on Monday Night Football.
The result has major implications at the top of the AFC standings for Playoff seeding, but it had another impact at the bottom of the league’s standings. With the win, there is now no mathematical way for the Jets to finish with a better record than the Bengals. For the Jets to get the third pick, they would have needed to win out and seen the Bengals lose out. That was extremely unlikely, but we can say it is official.
The Jets and Jaguars are currently tied for the worst record in the league. If they remain tied, the Jaguars will pick at the top of odd numbered rounds, including the first, while the Jets will have the first pick in even numbered rounds.