The Jacksonville Jaguars have had enough drama this season to last a decade.
But they have since moved on from the drama starter in Urban Meyer and are heading in a new direction as a franchise.
That means moving forward with 2020 No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence as the focal point.
But what about another top pick added into the equation?
Jacksonville enters Week 18 with a 2-14 record.
That has them in prime position to land the No. 1 pick again, with the 2-13-1 Detroit Lions being the only other team who could take the top spot.
A Jaguars loss ensures they land the top pick.
The same is true if both teams lose.
If Jacksonville does land the No. 1 pick again, they will join a select group of teams to get top picks in consecutive years.
Two teams are in play to have the top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft: Jaguars and Lions.
With a loss on Sunday, the Jaguars would have the #1 pick and become the 4th team in the modern era to have back-to-back #1 picks.
If Jacksonville wins and Detroit loses, the Lions get pick 1.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 7, 2022
No team wants to openly tank, but making history may be the best option for the future of the franchise.
Joining A Select Group
The Cleveland Browns had consecutive No. 1 picks in 2017 and 2018.
They also had it in 1999 and 2000 when they returned to the NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals held the honor in 1994 and 1995, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the NFL with top picks in 1976 and 1977.
Calling this “good” history may be a stretch, but at this point in the season it makes more sense to land the best pick possible.
The Jaguars already have their franchise quarterback and getting to No. 1 overall means they can take the best player available.
It also allows them to make a potential trade that could land them a haul of picks to move down a few spots.
The other scenario in play is the Jaguars winning on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
That keeps the Pittsburgh Steelers alive and also brings a situation into play where the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders could play to a tie and both make the postseason.
The Raiders and Chargers play Sunday night for a playoff spot.
But if the Jaguars beat the Colts, LV and LA can BOTH make the playoffs with a tie.
Wild scenario 🤯 pic.twitter.com/WzY6yveprq
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 5, 2022
Yet a loss by Jacksonville is the best-case scenario for the team and the sanity of NFL fans this weekend.