Why NFL Needs to Follow NBA's Lead, Institute Lottery Draft

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIOctober 25, 2011

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams

Probably the funniest sentence fragment to be written on Bleacher Report in 2011. 

Those three teams have a combined record of 0-19 and are front-runners in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes that I'm sure you've heard about. 

Because of this, we have a reason to question the integrity of games these teams are in. Luck is widely considered to be the best quarterback to come out of college since Peyton Manning and is someone all three teams could use in one way or another. 

For the Colts, it means someone to grab the torch from Peyton Manning, while for the Rams it would give them flexibility to either trade the draft pick for multiple pieces and picks or trade Sam Bradford, their franchise quarterback, for the same pieces and picks. 

For the Miami Dolphins, on the other hand, well, they probably need him the most, which is why the "Suck for Luck" campaign has grown some traction amongst Dolphins fans more so than any of the other teams. 

Some Dolphins fans even want the 'Phins to go 0-16 as it would be their best chance at grabbing the redshirt junior from Stanford. 

However, there are many who feel that its unethical to hope for such a thing. I may be biased as a Dolphins fan, but I'm not one of those people. Maybe it's more of a spirit of the law/letter of the law debates, but as it stands, the more a team loses, the better its chances at the No. 1 pick. 

It shouldn't be like this, though. I shouldn't be cheering against the 'Phins on a week-to-week basis (contrary to what you may think—while I would love to get Luck, I actually want these guys to at the very least show some pride when they step on the field every week; I'd rather they go down fighting on their way to a 1-15 or 2-14 season than tanking to go 0-16, though I won't be a fan of going 6-10). 

As important as he's been to the Colts, there's no way you can convince me that without him they're the worst team in the NFL. Something smells fishy coming out of Indianapolis.
As important as he's been to the Colts, there's no way you can convince me that without him they're the worst team in the NFL. Something smells fishy coming out of Indianapolis.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The NFL is going to have to reevaluate how it does its draft order next year. As the season goes on, the tanking will get worse. I'm singling out Indianapolis because I really don't think they are as bad as they've looked. I know Manning was a huge part of its game in the last decade, but one player doesn't drop a team that just two years ago was on the cusp of going undefeated to being on the cusp of going winless (obviously, if you disagree you can let me know in the comments). 

So, what should the NFL do? For once, and for the only time, listen to the NBA. 

Draft. Lottery. 

Take the 10 worst teams in the NFL, then leave it up to the luck of the draw. Each team gets weighted equally, so each team will have a shot at the No. 1 pick. 

This way you won't see the tankfest we could see this season in St. Louis, Miami or Indianapolis anymore. Teams will fight every Sunday for victories that will make the product better for all the fans. 

Now, I know you're asking, "What if the team that should've been picked 10th and was 7-9 the year before gets the No. 1 pick?"

Well, would there really be a problem if a team on the cusp was able to get better? 

Aren't all teams supposed to improve in the draft? Isn't that the reason we have the draft as opposed to just letting teams sign players out of college as free agents?

An NFL draft lottery is a good thing. You could even make it a part of the Super Bowl festivities and hold it during Super Bowl week. I'm sure the networks wouldn't have a problem broadcasting an NFL draft lottery during the Wednesday night of Super Bowl week. 

So, why not? While the NFL shouldn't copy the NBA's concepts of dealing with a lockout or having half the teams make the playoffs, it should definitely copy the NBA in this regard.