There are just two winless teams remaining in the NFL: the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns. A shot at the No. 1 overall pick is still well within grasp, though the Browns are a pretty rotten team overall.
By now everyone here is aware that the 49ers have lost their last five games by a total of 13 points. They could easily be 4-1 or even 3-2, and well out of the discussion for the top pick. They have also made some big changes, thanks to head coach Kyle Shanahan, and could easily win some games before the season is over. I know I hope they do.
But if we’re talking purely draft pick, then we’re talking 49ers and Browns. Currently, the Browns have a weaker strength of schedule than the 49ers, and thus have the top pick if the raft were to start today. The 49ers are currently in line for the second pick.
This means that the New York Giants are no longer winless. They were the only other one going into Week 6, and they went ahead and beat the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football, and looked good doing it. They’re 1-5, and other than them and the Browns, the 49ers are separated from every other team in the league by at least two wins.
New York is the only one-win team, with three teams sitting at 2-4 — the Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears — while another five teams have a 2-3 record. The Cincinnati Bengals were winless a couple games ago, but have now won their last two. Both the Bears and Chargers were one-win teams and won on Sunday.
The top 11 in the NFL Draft order is below:
1. Cleveland Browns (0-6)
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-6)
3. New York Giants (1-5)
4. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
5. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)
6. Chicago Bears (2-4)
7. Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
8. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
10. Tennessee Titans (2-3)
11. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)