NFL Power Rankings: Struggling Squads with Best Chance at No. 1 Draft Pick

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 25, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23:  Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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While the top half of NFL power rankings has its eyes on the Super Bowl, the bottom is more interested in the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

In reality, only two teams are still capable of locking up the No. 1 selection. But there are also clubs which, if they lose in Week 17, can earn a top five pick and therefore, gain enough value to trade up to the top of the draft.

And here they are, the squads with the best shot at picking No. 1 as well as an updated power ranking.


4. Philadelphia Eagles

If any team is bold enough to trade up for the first overall pick, it’s the Eagles.

As of now, Philly owns the No. 4 pick in the draft. If Andy Reid is fired and the new head coach isn’t a fan of Nick Foles or Matt Barkley, making a move for Geno Smith would become a realistic option.

Next week, Philadelphia plays the New York Giants, who have been outscored 67-14 the past two weeks, so the Birds could end up taking a win over a division rival at the expense of their draft position.


3. Oakland Raiders

Like the Eagles, Oakland may also be bold enough to make such a move, or at least it was in the past with Al Davis running the show.

Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart aren’t the Raiders’ future at QB. Is Terrelle Pryor? Who knows, but given his lack of playing team despite the team’s playoff hopes evaporating weeks ago, it doesn’t look like they have much confidence in him.

Oakland will hold onto the third overall pick barring a win at the San Diego Chargers.


2. Jacksonville Jaguars

No one will be rooting harder for the Denver Broncos this week than Jags fans.

If the Jaguars fall to the Tennessee Titans and the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville wins the first overall pick. Of course, Tennessee just lost to the Green Bay Packers 55-7 on Sunday so that’s easier said than done.

Anyway, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the Jags are after Tim Tebow. But if they’re truly desperate for a new QB, Smith is a better option if they land the No. 1 selection.


1. Kansas City Chiefs

KC should seriously consider resting its starters.

It’s downright desperate for a quarterback. If the Chiefs lose the first overall pick to the Jags, it would be devastating.

Yes. You read that right. A victory would devastate the franchise because no one needs Smith more than the Chiefs.


NFL Power Rankings

1. Denver Broncos

2. Atlanta Falcons

3. Green Bay Packers

4. Seattle Seahawks

5. San Francisco 49ers

6. New England Patriots

7. Houston Texans

8. Washington Redskins

9. Minnesota Vikings

10. Cincinnati Bengals

11. Indianapolis Colts

12. Baltimore Ravens

13. Chicago Bears

14. New Orleans Saints

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. Carolina Panthers

17. St. Louis Rams

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

21. San Diego Chargers

22. Cleveland Browns

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

24. Tennessee Titans

25. New York Jets

26. Arizona Cardinals

27. Buffalo Bills

28. Philadelphia Eagles

29. Oakland Raiders

30. Detroit Lions

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

32. Kansas City Chiefs


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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