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2019 NFL Draft order: New York Giants in pole position through Week 9

At 1-7, Giants have first overall pick

Washington Redskins v New York Giants Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

It’s just over halfway through the 2018 NFL season and for the New York Giants, there’s already a lot of focus on the 2019 NFL season. Specifically, at 1-7, the 2019 NFL Draft. If the season ended today — it does not — the Giants would have the first overall pick. They’re tied with the 1-7 Oakland Raiders, but would get the tiebreaker due to strength of schedule (the Giants have been worse against worse opponents).

Here’s where the top-six spots in the draft currently stand, along with record and opponent win percentage, heading into Monday Night Football:

1. New York Giants (1-7 — .520)

2. Oakland Raiders (1-7 — .547)

3. San Francisco 49ers (2-7 — .504)

4. Buffalo Bills (2-7 — .529)

5. Arizona Cardinals (2-6 — .533)

6. Cleveland Browns (2-6-1 — .567)

The Giants’ next game on Monday Night Football will have big draft implications against the 2-7 San Francisco 49ers.

With so many teams with two wins or fewer, this order is likely to change numerous times over the next eight weeks. Entering Week 9, the Giants had just a 14.5 percent chance of landing the first overall pick per Football Outsiders despite the league-worst record. But those odds will change after San Francisco notched its second win of the season on Thursday night.

Per Football Outsiders, the Giants had the seventh-toughest past schedule in the league but that lightens up to 26th over the second half of the season. We’ll see if that makes the Giants more competitive in games or if they’ll really earn that top overall pick.