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This is a look at the first-round order for the 2020 NFL Draft heading into Week 7, along with the top three needs for each team. The order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as the first tiebreaker (click here to see a full list of the draft-order tiebreakers). Keep in mind — teams 21-32 would make the playoffs if the season ended today and are marked as PL (short for playoffs) in the order below. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results of postseason play.
The Dolphins put what everyone assumes is a huge part of their rebuilding plan in legitimate jeopardy on Sunday.
They were a two-point conversion away from potentially costing themselves the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but a play that was doomed from the start ended with an incomplete pass to Kenyan Drake, giving the Redskins their first victory of 2019.
So, the Dolphins are still rocking a zero in the win column and stand at the top of the draft order thanks to the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker that places them ahead of the Bengals, who are the only other team remaining in the NFL Victory Green Room. Cincinnati has played one more game than Miami, and therefore has one more loss, but since their winning percentage is the same, the tiebreaker gives The Fins the nod (they have a lower SOS) this week.
Anyway, circle Dec. 22 on the calendar. Christmas will come a few days early when the Dolphins host the Bengals in what could easily be a play-in game for first overall pick. Get excited!
Now, the needs for each team listed below offer just a snapshot of the areas that project to require the most attention as of today. Draft needs for NFL teams don’t crystallize until the spring, after free agency plugs some holes and creates others, but we are firm believers that it’s not too soon to see what might be coming around the corner.
The order and needs will evolve as we go along. Stay tuned. It’s going to be a rather inglorious ride.
Arrows indicate how far up or down a team has moved relative to last week.
Record: 0-5 (.533)
Previous week: No. 3
This week’s game: at Bills
Biggest needs: QB, OT, edge rusher
Remember the thing we said earlier about the grand plan in Miami? It still seems like it’s going to include replacing
Josh Rosen. Brian Flores benched Rosen four days and three quarters after saying the second-year QB would be the QB1 for
the rest of the season, then said after the game that Rosen is still the starter. He joined an exclusive club on Sunday, becoming the first starting QB to fail to throw a TD pass when facing Washington this season, but as NFL Network’s Kurt Warner reminds us,
it’s not easy being Josh.
Record: 0-6 (.662 strength of schedule)
Previous week: No. 1
This week’s game: vs. Jaguars
Biggest needs: QB, OL, LB
Bengals coach Zac Taylor says
they’re not trading A.J. Green, which I assume means they won’t let him walk this offseason. He’s in the final year of his contract and it only makes sense to not deal him before the trade deadline if you plan to keep him around in 2020 and beyond. Consequently, I swapped out WR for LB in the needs section.
Record: 1-5 (.500)
Previous week: No. 2
This week’s game: vs. 49ers
Biggest needs: OL, CB, TE
There are a couple of nice built-in excuses to wait a couple more weeks before giving
Dwayne Haskins his first start, since the Niners are devouring quarterbacks right now and then Washington has a short week with a Thursday Nighter in Minnesota. Once the calendar turns to November, it’s gotta be time to give the rookie a shot, right?
Record: 1-5 (.529)
Previous week: No. 6
This week’s game: vs. Rams
Biggest needs: DL, DB, RB
Hot mess. This turnstile defense didn’t register a sack or a single QB hit against
Kyler Murray in Atlanta’s fourth straight loss. In fact, for the first time in eight years, the
Falcons’ defense has gone three consecutive games without recording a sack. Time to rebuild the pass D.
Record: 1-4 (.621)
Previous week: No. 4
This week’s game: vs. Patriots
Biggest needs: OL, edge rusher, CB
Adam Gase doesn’t
sound too enamored with
Leonard Williams, who’s in the final year of his rookie deal and picking the absolute worst time to have a down season. He’s one of the few
Jets players to make the
Pro Bowl in recent years,
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