The three NFL teams with the longest active losing streaks are in line to land the top three picks of the 2021 NFL draft.
The New York Jets still have a firm hold on the No. 1 overall selection after one of their worst performances of the season against the Seattle Seahawks. Another quarterback change was the highlight of the Jacksonville Jaguars' 12th straight defeat Sunday, which kept them in second position. The Cincinnati Bengals remained at No. 3 following their defeat to their former quarterback Andy Dalton and the Dallas Cowboys.
Those franchises appear to be locked into the top three because of the victories by other struggling sides in Week 14, which pushed the number of four-win sides to six.
Updated 2021 NFL 1st-Round Draft Order
1. New York Jets (0-13)
2. Jacksonville (1-12)
3. Cincinnati (2-10-1)
4. Dallas (4-9)
5. Los Angeles Chargers (4-9)
6. Carolina (4-9)
7. Atlanta (4-9)
8. Miami (from Houston) (4-9)
9. Philadelphia (4-8-1)
10. New York Giants (5-8)
11. Detroit (5-8)
12. San Francisco (5-8)
13. Denver (5-8)
14. Minnesota (6-7)
15. Chicago (6-7)
16. New England (6-7)
17. Las Vegas (7-6)
18. Baltimore (7-5)
19. Washington (6-7)
20. Arizona (7-6)
21. Miami (8-5)
22. Tampa Bay (8-5)
23. Indianapolis (9-4)
24. Tennessee (9-4)
25. New York Jets (from Seattle) (9-4)
26. Jacksonville (from Los Angeles Rams) (9-4)
27. Cleveland (9-3)
28. Buffalo (10-3)
29. Green Bay (10-3)
30. Pittsburgh (11-2)
31. New Orleans (10-3)
32. Kansas City (12-1)
Order via Tankathon.com
There is a strong chance that the double-digit losing streaks of the Jets and Jags will carry over into the offseason.
New York finishes with the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. Jacksonville's regular-season schedule ends with the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.
For a few weeks, the NFL's bottom feeders displayed fight and threatened to end their losing runs.
In Week 14, the hopes of nabbing a late victory dwindled, as the Jets put up three points against the Seattle Seahawks and the Jaguars struggled to contain Derrick Henry in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. Neither team has fired its head coach, but the decisions could be trending in that direction given how poor both sides have looked in 2020.
The Jets are in line to select Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who faces his biggest game of the season Saturday in the ACC Championship Game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. New York's front office staff should have close eyes on the ACC title tilt and two potential College Football Playoff contests to finish their evaluation of the Clemson junior.
Jacksonville could go in a few directions with its pick, but if it employs a new head coach by April, it could go after Justin Fields, Zach Wilson or Trey Lance to replace Gardner Minshew II, who relieved Mike Glennon on Sunday.
The Bengals are in a better position for success with a second-year head coach and rookie quarterback in place. As long as Joe Burrow recovers from his injury and the team adds some help around him, Cincinnati should not be near the bottom of the AFC for long.
The Bengals and Oregon Ducks offensive tackle Penei Sewell seem like a perfect match. Burrow would get more protection from an elite lineman, and then if Cincinnati wants, it could add one or two more offensive weapons in the following rounds.
Cincinnati seems locked into the No. 3 pick because it needs Jacksonville to win twice to make any upward movement.
The victories by the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles made selecting in the top three a strong possibility. None of the 4-9 teams play each other in Week 15, so there is a chance we could head into the final two weeks with four teams jockeying for positions inside the top 10.
Philadelphia dropped to the No. 9 pick by way of its win over the New Orleans Saints and its Week 3 tie with the Bengals, which gives it one fewer loss than the other four-win teams.
The completion of the top 10 is hard to figure out since the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers are all technically still alive in the playoff hunt at 5-8.
The competitiveness of those teams may benefit the Denver Broncos, who are in 11th place in the AFC. If those three NFC squads win another game or two, Denver could round out the top 10.
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