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NFL Tank Watch: Patriots move up to 2nd overall pick with another loss

Patriots and Panthers (Bears) lose again, while Cardinals lose ground with win over Steelers.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 03: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after losing to the Los Angeles Chargers 6-0 at Gillette Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images

Week 13 of the NFL season is in the books and while some teams have their eyes on a postseason run, others are already preparing for the future. In particular, a few franchises will be keeping tabs on the lower spectrum of the NFL standings as they remain in contention for the number one overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

With the dust having settled on the latest slate of action, here are the teams that remain in contention for the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

2024 NFL Draft order: Tank Watch, Week 13

1. Carolina Panthers (1-10) -> Chicago Bears
2. New England Patriots (2-10)
3. Arizona Cardinals (3-10)
4. Washington Commanders (4-9)
5. Chicago Bears (4-8)
6. New York Giants (4-8)
7. New York Jets (4-8)
8. Tennessee Titans (4-8)
9. New Orleans Saints (5-7)
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

The Panthers fired former head coach Frank Reich and will search for his replacement once the season draws close. Despite boasting the league’s worst record and in clear control of the first overall pick, Carolina will send that first-round selection to the Bears as a result of last year’s trade for the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Chicago has an opportunity to revamp their core with what appears to be two top-five selections, and naturally, all eyes will be on whether they have the chance to draft a new franchise quarterback to replace Justin Fields. USC’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye are two names atop the list, with Heisman contender Michael Penix Jr. potentially being in play as well.

The Patriots and Cardinals are the next two teams with the best odds of securing the top overall pick, and oddly enough both franchises have some questions at quarterback. Truth be told, the situation in New England is much more clear. Mac Jones’ tenure with the Patriots is clearly at its end, and the front office will likely look to draft his replacement come April’s draft.

Arizona presents a much more intriguing situation as it pertains to their first-round selection. Kyler Murray’s return has provided a jolt to a stagnant Cardinals offense, but Arizona has a chance to draft a younger, and cheaper replacement should they finish with a top-five pick. There will be no shortage of teams this offseason in need of a veteran quarterback, and a potential swap for Murray could give Jonathan Gannon and the Cardinals more assets to rebuild their roster for the future.