Who is the worst of the worst?
That's one of the big questions as the
The way many draft analysts see it, there's no
As is the case every year, many devoted fans of losing clubs will be pulling for their teams to tank it down the stretch, thus improving their position on draft day.
"If there was a
With three games left in the season, and four months until the draft, plenty can happen between now and decision day.
A glimpse at the field:
New York Jets
Remaining opponents (combined winning percentage): at Tennessee, New England, at Miami (.487).
Last time they selected No. 1: 1996, USC receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
The skinny: Time to scrap the
Possible pick: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The
Remaining opponents: Jets, at Jacksonville, Indianapolis (.333).
Last time they selected No. 1: None since relocating to Tennessee; took Texas quarterback
The skinny: The Titans need to find their answer at quarterback, but they might have one in rookie Zach Mettenberger, so they might just stick with him. A pass rusher is high on their wish list, but so are offensive tackle, receiver and safety. The team has so many needs, trading down for more picks would be the most obvious move.
Possible pick: Alabama receiver Amari Cooper. He doesn't have the stature of 6-foot-5 rookie sensations Kelvin Benjamin or Mike Evans, but the 6-1 Cooper still could be a game-changer at the next level. Draft analyst Mel Kiper compares him to former Indianapolis star Marvin Harrison.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Remaining opponents: at Carolina, Green Bay, New Orleans (.500).
Last time they selected No. 1: 1987, Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde.
The skinny: Taking a quarterback at the top of the draft would be going against type for Coach
Possible pick: Florida State quarterback
Remaining opponents: at Kansas City, Buffalo, at Denver (.615).
Last time they selected No. 1: 2007, Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell.
The skinny: At this point, the Raiders probably would try to trade down. They have their quarterback of the present and future in Derek Carr, and they could use a play-making receiver for him.
Possible pick: USC defensive end Leonard Williams. Many scouts see Williams as raw but with tremendous potential, and a guy who knows how to get to the quarterback. That's especially key in a division with quarterbacks Peyton Manning,
Remaining opponents: at Baltimore, Tennessee, Houston (.436).
Last time they selected No. 1: Never, but the Jaguars had the second pick in 1995 (USC tackle Tony Boselli), 1996 (Illinois linebacker
The skinny: Like most teams drafting near the top, the Jaguars have a long list of needs. They have a quarterback to build around in