Reiding Between the Lines: 5 Teams Headed Towards an Early First-Round Pick

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We are only through two weeks of the season, but there are already some teams who are already off to underwhelming starts. An astonishing statistic, since the NFL changed its playoff format to 12 teams (1990), only 28 out of 223 teams have went on to make the playoffs following a 0-2 record to start the season.

With that being said, there are already nine teams in the league off to an 0-2 start. The fanbases of those teams may already be peaking towards the draft as their seasons may already be over quickly after they began. There are a few teams that are on a fast track to having an early selection in the 2020 NFL Draft

1. Miami Dolphins

This one is a given. We all knew that the team had fully accepted that they were rebuilding, but we didn't know that it would be to this extent. Already being outscored 102-10 this season, the Dolphins are on a crash course in order to acquire the No. 1 overall selection. Maybe this is a part of master plan, but general manager Chris Grier is putting a lot of pressure on himself after trading away Laremy Tunsil and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Now stocked with a treasure trove of draft picks over the next two seasons and Monopoly money in cap space, it will be up to him to establish a new foundation from the current one that he's stripped down to the studs

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

The 2018 AFC Championship Game seems as if it was 10 years ago after what this team has endured over the past 18 months. Already down newly signed starting quarterback Nick Foles as he suffered a broken clavicle, but the team is now dealing with a feud between head coach Doug Marrone and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Since, the star cornerback has requested a trade and there are already teams that are salivating to acquire the two-time Pro Bowl selection. A team that has plenty of talent on its roster, but it seems like it is once again on the fast track to a top-10 or earlier selection based on how the events had unfolded through the first two weeks of the 2019 season.

3. New York Jets 

After an embarrassing 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, the Jets next four games included at New England, at Philadelphia, vs. Dallas, and another home slate against the Patriots. It doesn't get much tougher than that and based on the next four matchups, there's a real possibility that the Jets could be staring at an 0-6 record heading into their Week 7 contest against the Jaguars. Dealing with mononucleosis, the timetable for quarterback Sam Darnold's return is unknown, but upon his return, it will be extremely difficult for him to turn the tide after such a poor start.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Fighting back from a 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime against the Lions to end the game in a tie in overtime during Week 1, while also scrapping and clawing with a tough Baltimore Ravens teams was a sign a growth for the team in the Desert. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury continues to do an admirable job of helping rookie quarterback Kyler Murray continue to grow in a familiar Air Raid offense, but this team is still vastly short of overall talent on the roster. While there have been positive steps shown, the personnel overall on the team is lacking -- which will cause them severely in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL in the NFC West.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

The early parts of his first season at the helm has been an adventure for head coach Zac Taylor. Taking the Seahawks down the wire in a 21-20 defeat, there was plenty of areas to be encouraged about following the loss. 2017 first-round selection John Ross has seemed to come to life as he has a league-leading 270 receiving yards. Still, the questions remain about quarterback Andy Dalton and a defense that needs help in many spots. Another roster that's not particular stocked with talent, a top-10 selection could definitely be in the works in Cincy.

Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Founder of ClimbingThePocket.com. Former QB and Coach at North Carolina Central Univ.

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