Being the worst team in the league is usually an embarrassing tag to hold – but in the NFL, it has it's benefits. The team with the worst record are presented with the #1 pick in the draft, and three teams currently sit at 0-6, and their eyes already on that coveted first pick – but who would they select if they do sit first on the clock in May?
The Blaine Gabbert experiment is coming to a suitably underwhelming end, with the former first round pick out of Missouri currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Chad Henne is currently under center, but he is not going to win you games in the NFL. As a result, the Jaguars have to take a quarterback if they hold the number one pick, and the best option is Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. The 20 year old has recently been proclaimed as a stronger prospect than Robert Griffin III was in 2012, and close to the standard Andrew Luck set at Stanford – high praise indeed. With Bridgewater running the show, the Jaguars could move from being the laughing stock of the NFL to a contender in the AFC South – presenting the mouth-watering prospect of facing Andrew Luck and the Colts twice a year.
New York Giants
It's been quite the fall from grace for the Super Bowl 46 Champions. Eli Manning has imploded, throwing 15 interceptions already this season – more than he threw in the entirety of the 2012 season. There are, yet again, calls for head coach Tom Coughlin to lose his job, but that's an annual headline in New York. If the Giants held the #1 pick – which is entirely plausible given their woeful offensive play so far – they would be unlikely to take Bridgewater, despite Manning's troubles. They could, however, pair Jason Pierre-Paul with South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, creating a fearsome pass rush on the Giants' defensive line. Another option would be offensive tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M, but when a prospect like Clowney is in your lap, it's hard to look another way.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are a mess. Greg Schiano is surely going to be fired at the end of the season after his ridiculous spat with Josh Freeman, and the chaos has translated to the field with a handful of disappointing displays. Rumours of Darrelle Revis being unhappy with Schiano's style of coaching have done nothing to calm the waters in Tampa Bay, and a new head coach will have a big decision to make – improve the pass rush with Clowney, or take the quarterback of the future with Bridgewater. Mike Glennon has been passable at quarterback, but he would not stop the Buccaneers taking Bridgewater, and whilst the defense does need some more help, you have to go with the quarterback.
The hype surrounding Oregon's Marcus Mariota could propel him into the #1 overall pick discussion, but he must declare for the draft first – which is also the case for Bridgewater. Should Bridgewater, Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley all return to school, the best quarterback on the board could be Clemson's Tajh Boyd, who, at this stage, hasn't shown enough to justify being taken with the first pick.
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