As Week 10 wraps up, we take a look at which teams are in the running for the first overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft.
2024 NFL Draft order: Tank Watch, Week 10
The Panthers would rather not be in this top spot — after trading with the Bears for the first overall pick of the 2023 draft and picking up Bryce Young, they gave up their 2024 first round pick. The three-win Bears are in excellent position for this upcoming draft, sitting with two top five picks as things stand right now. Will they aim to replace Justin Fields at quarterback? Will they beef up their pass rush or fill in gaps in their O-line? They should have their pick of the litter this offseason.
ESPN analytics projects that the Patriots will fall behind the Cardinals in the draft order by the end of the season.
Updated No. 1 overall pick probabilities from ESPN Analytics. pic.twitter.com/Zkgqqzn3MN— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) November 13, 2023
The Cardinals, who return starter Kyler Murray this week after he missed the first 10 weeks of the season while recovering from ACL surgery, grabbed a second win in Week 10. With a trip to the playoffs virtually out of the question, a successful Murray return may do more harm than good if they drop in the draft standings.
The Patriots and the Giants have just two wins apiece as well. With the Giants’ quarterback injury issues, they will be starting rookie Tommy DeVito for the time being, and will not be in a position to turn their season around. They could lean into the chance at a top-five pick this offseason.
The Patriots have just been bizarre this season as nearly every close game goes the opposite way. They will face the Giants in Week 12, but the Pats may not have many opportunities to turn things around as we move into the later months of the season. They have yet to face the Chiefs, Steelers, and Bills.