The Jacksonville Jaguars, after a five-game skid, are currently in control of the number two overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, per NFL.com's Dan Parr.
The Jags started the season out with a bang, downing their divisional rivals the Colts, but since then, it's been an uphill battle just to compete for four quarters. The team has given up at least 30 points in each loss, and the offense has regressed to the point where there's little doubt that this whole thing needs to get blown up. It's a sad state of affairs in Duval County.
But while the team is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in 2020, there could be promise on the horizon. After the conclusion of week six of the NFL season, the Jaguars hold the number two overall pick. While middling, this franchise has rarely had such a draft selection, and the opportunity to land a truly elite talent at the QB position usually passes by the oft-mediocre Jags. There's still a long way to go, but the Jaguars are in position to land just about any prospect they want outside of Trevor Lawrence.
The way the NFL Draft position tie-breaker works is the team with the easiest strength of schedule selects first. So, while the Jaguars and the Football Team, the Giants, the Falcons, the Vikings, the Dolphins, and the Chargers all have just one win to their names, the Jaguars hold the highest pick out of all those teams because they have the weakest strength of schedule (based on the aggregate of opponents wins and losses).
This is all highly fluid. If Gardner Minshew shows some of his magic down the stretch, the Jags could easily play themselves out of the opportunity to land one of the two or three best players in the Draft. But if this train keeps rolling the way it currently is, the Jaguars winning games down the stretch doesn't appear likely.
The number one pick would be challenging to attain, even for the lowly Jags. The Jets have yet to win a game and genuinely appear to be the worst team in football.
One question still remains: who will be tasked with making this ever important draft selection for the Jaguars next spring?
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