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NFL Tank Watch: Who is in the running for the top overall pick after Week 14?

We break down each team in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in 2024 and their draft needs.

New England Patriots (21) Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (18) At Acrisure Stadium Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

As Week 14 wraps up, we take a look at which teams are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. Here are the teams most likely to be tanking for...Caleb Williams? Jayden Daniels? Marvin Harrison? The top overall pick will depend on the needs of the franchise that earns it — or trades for it. Here are the teams that could end up with the top overall pick in their hands come January.

2024 NFL Draft order: Tank Watch, Week 14

  1. Carolina —> Chicago (1-12)
  2. New England (3-10)
  3. Arizona (3-10)
  4. Washington (4-9)
  5. NY Giants (4-8)
  6. Tennessee (4-8)

The Panthers’ 2023 trade for the top overall pick in last year’s draft has not played out the way they had hoped, and they lost their chance at a do-over after trading away this year’s first-round pick to the Bears. The Panthers aren’t trying to tank, but the Bears could end up with some very valuable draft stock. Would they trade it away again?

After the Panthers, the Patriots and the Cardinals each sit at 3-10. The Cardinals have needs all over their roster, as do the Patriots, but the Patriots would be more likely to tank for a top QB pick. The Bailey Zappe-Mac Jones experiment will need to be done if Bill Belichick hopes to keep his job.

Washington is on a four-game losing streak, and their schedule won’t lighten up at all in the final weeks of the season. The Commanders — whose head coach, Ron Rivera, finds himself on the hot seat — have plenty of defensive holes to fill in the draft. They may also go for a top QB if they have the chance.

The Giants and the Titans each sit at 4-8. While their paths to the top overall pick are not quite as clear as the other teams listed, they would each benefit from it. The Titans have more needs on the defensive side of the ball, and the Giants need a quarterback and better options at WR.