As NFL draft order takes shape, several teams won’t be rewarded for their poor seasons

Ten months ago, during the Los Angeles Rams’ championship parade, general manager Les Snead wore a T-shirt mocking his team’s lack of draft picks.

Snead built a Super Bowl winner in an unconventional way, through free agency and trades rather than through the draft. His acquisition of quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions cost him his 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, and he sent both picks, including his 2022 second-round pick, to To the Denver Broncos for quarterback Hunter Von Miller.

Those moves paid off spectacularly in the Rams’ 23-20 Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals. That leaves Snead with the Lombardi Trophy, no picks until the third round of the 2022 draft, and the right to gloat about breaking tradition and building a championship in his own way.

Because of all this success, the bill has expired.

A month later, Miller joined the Buffalo Bills as a free agent, Stafford has been sidelined since Nov. 20 with a concussion and neck injury, and the Rams are 5-10. their championship season.

Their Christmas matchup with the Broncos wasn’t what the league envisioned when the schedule was announced. Stafford was on the sideline, as was Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson late in the fourth quarter after posting his first career three interceptions and six sacks.

After the Broncos sent a package and an advanced draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson took a nosedive this season to nine Pro Bowl quarterbacks and went 3-10 in Denver as a starter with 12 touchdown passes and 49. sacks.

So the Seahawks and their fans were relishing Wilson’s latest loss as the Rams ripped the Broncos 51-14, making his trade an ever-better deal for Seattle .

The Lions and their long-suffering fanbase are bemoaning the Rams’ sudden success under Baker Mayfield, who is 2-1 in Los Angeles since being fired by the Carolina Panthers.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford watches as he warms up before a game against the Seahawks at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 4, 2022. The Rams traded their 2022 and 2023 first-round picks to the Lions for Stafford, who has been out 11 since this week with a concussion and neck injury.

As it stands today, the Seahawks would get the third pick in the 2023 draft from the Broncos and Denver’s second-round pick, while the Lions would get the seventh pick from the Rams.

With two weeks left, four of April’s top 11 picks will be assigned to teams that benefit from timely trades.

In addition to the Broncos and Rams dropping their picks, the Philadelphia Eagles own the New Orleans Saints’ first-round pick and the Houston Texans own the Cleveland Browns’ first-round pick.

The Hawks will acquire the 10th overall pick as part of a complex draft night trade, the highlight of which is that Philadelphia will take the 16th and 19th picks in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023 and 2024. second round.

The Browns gave up their 2023 first-round pick as part of the Deshaun Watson trade, a good pick after Watson was ordered out for an extended period to start the season and Cleveland fell to 6-9.

The Broncos must blame themselves for taking the Seahawks’ first- and second-round picks this year and next with quarterback Drew Locke, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris. They didn’t kick Wilson’s tires before sending the Seahawks — and then signing Wilson to a $245 million preseason contract.

Instead of solving their long-standing quarterback problem, the Broncos exacerbated it.

Wilson has struggled all season and the Broncos are worse than ever with Trevor Simian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Joe Flacco, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater or Rock at center.

They averaged a measly 15.4 points per game. That’s the league’s worst mark and the third-lowest in the team’s 63-year history.

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson wakes up after being fired Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The Seahawks had the Broncos' first-round pick, currently No. 3, as part of the Wilson trade last spring.

At least Broncos general manager George Patton was able to send fifth-year rusher Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins midseason for a first-round pick to re-enter the 2023 first round.

Incidentally, the Dolphins lost their first-round pick as punishment for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton, so they’ll sit out the first round in April.

The Dolphins’ pick to the Broncos, originally the San Francisco 49ers’ choice, is now the No. 25 pick thanks to the Niners’ surge. They have won eight straight since starting with a 3-4 score, including an 11-10 loss in Denver.

The game was the Broncos’ best performance of a spoiled season.Wilson’s horrific turnaround was a major factor Nathaniel Hackett to step down on Mondaywhen he became the fifth head coach in NFL history to fail to finish his first season.

Snead’s February T-shirt is a grittier version of “Forget them picks.”

With the Broncos, Rams, Saints and Browns not changing the franchise’s high-draft picks as consolation for their wayward ways, it’s these trades that many fans want to forget.

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  1. texas
  2. Bear
  3. Seahawks (from Broncos)
  4. cardinal
  5. colts
  6. falcon
  7. lion (from ram)
  8. black panther
  9. Raiders
  10. Eagles (from Saints)
  11. Texans (from Browns)
  12. seahawks
  13. titan
  14. patriot
  15. jet machine
  16. steelers
  17. packing worker
  18. lion club
  19. jaguar
  20. pirate
  21. commander
  22. (dolphin – confiscated)
  23. giants
  24. charger
  25. crow
  26. Broncos (from 49ers)
  27. cowboy
  28. Bengal tiger
  29. chiefs
  30. Vikings
  31. bill
  32. eagles