KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - The joke running through Jacksonville these days carries the same punch line as the one in Kansas City:
“Our team is so bad it can’t even stink in the right year.”
The Chiefs and Jaguars will vie for the top pick in the NFL draft in separate games Sunday. But the value of “winning” the race to the NFL’s worst record is debatable in a year without a clear, franchise-changing prospect.
There’s no Andrew Luck in this unlucky draft.
No Robert Griffin III, either.
Just a collection of talented young players who could fill holes at left tackle or linebacker or defensive end, but hardly push the needle for teams in desperate need of massive overhauls.
The Chiefs and Jaguars are both 2-13, but the Chiefs hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 spot because of their weakness of schedule. The only way Jacksonville can jump them is if they lose to the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City beats the Denver Broncos, who are playing for an opportunity to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
That would give the Jaguars the worst overall record by themselves.
“You don’t want to be in this position,” Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said. “Just like we didn’t want to be in that position in Atlanta when we drafted Matt Ryan (in 2008). But if you pick up the right guy, it can make a huge difference for you and get you out of that position.”
The Jaguars have never drafted first overall. They had the second choice in their expansion year of 1995 and again the following season. But they’re also the only team in the NFL to pick in the top 10 each of the last six seasons, counting the upcoming draft.
That’s a big reason why general manager Gene Smith, the architect of their past four drafts, might not be around to make their choice, regardless of whether it’s No. 1.
Kansas City is in similar shape.
The Chiefs have never had the No. 1 pick as members of the NFL _ they chose Hall of Fame defensive tackle Buck Buchanan first overall in 1963, when they were still a part of the AFL. The closest they’ve come since the merger is second overall in 1978, `79 and again in 1988.
That’s a big reason why GM Scott Pioli could be on the way out, too: Pioli’s Chiefs could be historically bad.
One thing Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel isn’t thinking about is how valuable a loss to the Broncos would be in relation to the first overall pick.