NFL: Updated "Suck for Luck" Contenders

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2011

NFL: Updated "Suck for Luck" Contenders

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    The one good thing about being the NFL's worst team is that you get the first overall pick in the following draft. Here's an update on some of the teams "competing" for the top position in the 2012 draft.

    The top prospect for next season is likely going to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and coincidentally, many of the teams with the worst records are in dire need of a quarterback.

    Let's take a look at the top six "Suck for Luck" contenders.


    Note: Records and statistics will be updated after games are concluded.

6. St. Louis Rams

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    The St. Louis Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals 19-13 on overtime today, and their 1-7 record puts them in the hunt for last place.

    After their upset of the New Orleans Saints, however, it's hard to imagine the Rams finishing with the worst record.

    If that does happen, it's unlikely they'll pick Luck anyway considering they just drafted the promising Sam Bradford and seem set on him as their quarterback of the future.

    If the Rams earn the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, expect them to choose another prospect they are high on or trade the pick to someone else.

5. Arizona Cardinals

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    The Arizona Cardinals have a 2-6 record, with six losses sandwiched between two wins. Despite beating the Rams today, their record makes them a candidate in the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes.

    However, among the contenders, a couple things make them one of the more unlikely destinations for Andrew Luck.

    First, the Cardinals have had some close games against some good teams, so chances are they'll end up winning a few and won't finish with the worst record.

    Also, they just signed former Eagles backup Kevin Kolb to quarterback their offense, and even if Ken Whisenhunt is fired after this season, the new regime would be wise to stick with Kolb, seeing as he has developed a nice rapport with star receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

4. Washington Redskins

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    It's hard to believe the Washington Redskins could be a "Suck for Luck" contender after their 3-1 start, but they are currently on a four-game losing streak, and if they continue to lose, they could very well end up with one of the highest picks.

    You won't likely see the 'Skins with the top pick, but they might be a top candidate to trade up for Luck if someone that doesn't need a quarterback holds the top spot.

    With John Beck and Rex Grossman as his quarterback options, you have to think head coach Mike Shanahan would be intrigued with the idea of drafting Luck.

3. Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seattle Seahawks dropped to 2-6 with their loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and part of the reason for that is poor quarterback play.

    Whether it's Tarvaris Jackson, who threw three picks against the Cowboys, or Charlie Whitehurst, the Seahawks do not have a quarterback suited to start in the NFL.

    Common sense would suggest that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, the former head man at USC, would draft Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley.

    However, we've seen Carroll pass up on a former player before, so if he has the chance and finds Luck to be the better prospect, he won't hesitate to draft him.

2. Miami Dolphins

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    The Miami Dolphins finally got into the win column today with a surprising 31-3 beat down of the Kansas City Chiefs, a team coming off a four-game winning streak.

    Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore had an outstanding game against a normally solid Chiefs secondary that apparently didn't come to play, but Moore's inconsistency makes him far too great a risk for Miami to stick with him long term.

    The Dolphins are now 1-7 on the year, which means they are still quite obviously a "Suck for Luck" candidate, and if they end up with the top pick, they won't give drafting the Stanford star a second thought.

1. Indianapolis Colts

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    Seeing as how the Indianapolis Colts are the only team in the NFL still without a win, they are the obvious top candidate for the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

    It's hard to tell what the Colts would do with the top pick, though.

    Franchise quarterback Peyton Manning should be ready to go for next season, so drafting Luck first overall would be an investment that likely wouldn't pay dividends right away.

    That said, the Colts might be wise to bring Luck in and let him learn behind Manning for a few years before taking over, a la Aaron Rodgers/Brett Favre. In addition, the new rookie wage scale would make an immediate payoff in such an investment a little less urgent.

    Manning is still a Top Three NFL quarterback and probably will be for another handful of years, but given his recent injury concerns and his age, the Colts might want to draft Luck as an eventual replacement for the legendary quarterback.

    And at this point, they are in the best position for the top pick.