Being a 1-6 team is terrible. Thankfully there is a bright spot, albeit small-- that we get to start looking ahead to next season, with a new general manager, and the first draft of a new regime. We have an accurate look at the 2013 draft order, and if it holds true it's an easy decision for the Carolina Panthers.
Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft has the Carolina Panthers slated to have the #2 overall pick, a result of their 1-6 record and their .608 strength of schedule. The three one-win teams obviously occupy the first three spots, with the Panthers sandwiched between the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 2013 class is shaping up to be a poor man's version of 2012. The top will likely be dominated by two quarterbacks-- the multi-year, pro offense starter in Matt Barkley, and the considerably less tested but more intriguing Geno Smith. If the order holds true the decision for the Panthers is simple...
Trade the pick!
Based off the 2013 order, the St. Louis Rams currently possess the 6th AND 7th picks in the draft due to their haul as a result of trading back and allowing the Washington Redskins to move up and select Robert Griffin III.
In looking at the order there are three teams in the top fifteen, all of whom could bite on moving up for their QB of the future, in turn giving up the majority of their draft and future picks:
- New York Jets (9th)
- Buffalo Bills (13th)
- Oakland Raiders (15th)
Less likely, but nonetheless teams to watch would be the Jacksonville Jaguars (3rd) and St. Louis Rams, provided they don't believe in their young signal callers.