These 5 NFL teams are going to have the No. 1 overall pick soon

Shahid Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Shahid Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

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Though they’re not a favorite to have the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions are who they are for a reason. Before Matthew Stafford got hurt, Detroit had the feel of a .500 team under second-year head coach Matt Patricia. Maybe they can be that this fall, as this team has more talent than people want to ever give them credit for. However, they are still the Lions.

Once Stafford got hurt mid-season, they devolved into an NFC North horror show. Detroit went 3-12-1 and absolutely earned the right to go coach down in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. Along with the Cincinnati Bengals, they combined to win as many games all year as the Baltimore Ravens did in December. No, we don’t count ties in America. You have to win to earn our respect, thank you.

While we shouldn’t bank on it, as Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn need to win six games or so to keep their jobs, no team has ruined more families’ Thanksgiving than the unforgiving sadness that is Lions football. They have a tendency to be more depressing than a Radiohead album and leave you more disappointed than when you watch most movies starring The Rock.

So much of the Lions’ fate rests on the shoulder of Stafford and the pencil placed behind Patricia’s ear. Who cares if it’s a laminated play sheet? Use that No. 2 to not be No. 2 on the Ford Field turf. Even if the Lions are bad enough to have the right to draft Trevor Lawrence No. 1 out of Clemson, Patricia and Quinn know deep down they won’t be the ones working with him if that’s the case.