This is a bad season to be bad.
The usual reason teams finish with the NFL's worst record is the lack of a franchise quarterback. Obtaining the top choice in the subsequent draft allows that downtrodden club to address the position with a college standout who, ideally, will do what Eli Manning and Peyton Manning have done by leading their respective squads to Super Bowl titles.
There isn't a player with this type of cache in the Class of 2013.
Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley was considered the leading candidate after announcing a return for his senior season. Barkley's draft stock, though, has taken the same type of plunge as the Trojans during a 7-5 season.
Overall, there is no passer generating the same kind of pro buzz as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III did at this time last year. While Barkley's value will likely rise again -- the position is traditionally "over-drafted" because of scarcity -- a non-quarterback is likely to get tabbed at No. 1 for the first time since Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long in 2008.
At this point, SiriusXM NFL radio host and scouting guru Gil Brandt says there is no clear-cut consensus No. 1 pick. With the Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) winning last weekend, there also is no frontrunner to secure that slot entering the final four games of the season like there was with Indianapolis in 2011.
Ten teams have marks ranging from 2-10 to 4-8. In the event two or more finish tied for the worst record, the draft ranking will be determined by overall strength of schedule. The poorer the record against poor opponents, the higher the pick.
Here is my FOXSports.com projection as to which franchises are in the best position of having their draft card read first by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when the event is staged April 25 in New York City. —Alex Marvez
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