Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule . Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl ).  Prior to the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft . This led to a bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues held a multiple-round " common draft ". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the common craft became the NFL draft.