The NFL wrapped up week four with some very impressive performances by teams.
While some were overtime thrillers, other games were decided by last-minute heroics.
However, there’s a segment of NFL teams who are off to a horrible start in 2022.
These teams are fighting for the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
So who are the three most likely teams to get that coveted first pick in 2023?
3. Detroit Lions
The Ford family has fooled Detroit Lions fans yet again.
While many saw the 2022 NFL Draft picks by the Lions as great picks, they aren’t living up to the hype.
Aidan Hutchinson, the second overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft, has been disappointing.
However, he had one good game against a poor Washington Commanders’ offensive line.
Carson Wentz was sacked by Aidan Hutchinson, who is off to a good start after a disappointing debut last week for the Lions. Teams have traded three and outs.
Looked like a coverage sack. Wentz held ball longer than intended as he navigated and climbed pocket.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 18, 2022
Otherwise, the Lions’ top pick has been nearly non-existent on the defensive front.
The Lions’ other top draft pick, Jameson Williams, is still out with a knee injury.
While the Lions knew about Williams’ injury when they drafted him, they need receivers with their current list of receiver injuries.
With a piling list of injuries, the Lions will be at the bottom of the league again.
2. Carolina Panthers
Matt Rhule came into this season needing to make major improvements to the Carolina Panthers’ offense.
However, that offense isn’t doing hot behind Baker Mayfield.
While he’s frustrated, his latest comments about his 1-3 start aren’t helping him win over fans.
#Panthers QB Baker Mayfield: "…we can sit here and let you guys pile on us or we're gonna come together as a locker room… I don't really care about the fact that our fans are booing. We're going to figure it out and when we win it'll still be just us in the locker room." pic.twitter.com/zdWLqLtTSg
— Nick Carboni (@NickCarboniWCNC) October 3, 2022
With a possible QB change happening when Darnold returns from injury, it seems the Panthers season might be over.
Replacing Mayfield, instead of working with him, can easily hurt any chemistry he’s built with the offense.
While Rhule is trying to save his job, the moves he makes with Mayfield can easily cost him his job.
Putting in Darnold ruins what Mayfield is trying to build with his team.
Without that team chemistry he’s trying to build, the Panthers will continue losing games, possibly getting the first overall pick in return.
1. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans came into this season needing players at every position.
However, they weren’t able to fill those holes left behind by the players they lost over the years.
Their 0-3-1 record to start the season puts them in prime position to get that first overall pick in 2023.
With the loss of Deshaun Watson and J. J. Watt, the Texans aren’t looking like contenders anymore.
While they are mustering up a solid pass defense, they can’t put all the pieces together in Houston.
Texans' pass defense have held QBs to 56%, 5th best in the NFL and a passer rating of 76.7, 7th best.
— DJ Bien-Aime (@Djbienaime) September 19, 2022
Without players in key positions, the Texans will continue their skid against NFL teams.
However, the bright side is how they can use their bad overall gameplay to their advantage.
That advantage is getting the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
While Texans head coach Lovie Smith won’t tank games, it’s clear he doesn’t have the right players in Houston.
Until they get better players, which they can’t now, they will continue on a path of losing games.