The Detroit Lions draft position in 2020 could rise as high as the third overall selection in the first round with a loss to the Broncos in Week 16.
After Sunday’s 38-17 loss to the 7-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 3-10-1 Detroit Lions now possess the NFL longest losing streak with seven-straight defeats. It’s a dubious honor and one fans of the Pride are all too familiar with.
Still, this trail of “L’s” has put Detroit in position to receive a top-five selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. And they’ll have a chance to move up all the way to the number three overall pick if they lose to the Denver Broncos next Sunday. Detroit will play their divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers, in their final game of the regular season.
According to tankathon.com, there is a logjam in front of the Lions for the top picks in the first round of next year’s annual selection event a.k.a the draft. It appears the Cincinnati Bengals are all but assured to earn themselves the number one overall selection with a 1-13 record.
It’s assumed the Bengals will select a quarterback with that top pick. And recent Heisman winner, LSU passer Joe Burrow, is seemingly the current front runner.
Following the Bengals, the New York Giants, the Miami Dolphins, and the Washington Redskins are all tied with a 3-11 record. The Giants’ next two matchups are against the Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Dolphins will play the Bengals and Patriots. And the other team the Redskins will face are the Dallas Cowboys.
Check out the top ten selection order in the 2020 NFL Draft if the regular season ended today …
1. Cincinnati Bengals (1-13)
2. New York Giants (3-11)
3. Miami Dolphins (3-11)
4. Washington Redskins (3-11)
5. Detroit Lions (3-10-1)
6. Arizona Cardinals (4-9-1)
7. New York Jets (5-9)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9)
9. Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)
10. Denver Broncos (5-9)
The fact that the new York Giants and Washington Redskins will play each other means one of them will jump to 4-11 next Sunday. If the Lions lose to the Broncos in Denver, and considering the projected 3-11-1 record, Detroit would move up one spot. And if the Dolphins beat to the Bengals, which seems likely, the Lions would move all the way up to the third overall selection in next year’s draft with one game left to play.