There are still eight games left on the schedule for the Buccaneers, but as of Sunday night, the team with Darrelle Revis, Lavonte David, and Gerald McCoy among other stars holds the first pick in the draft for having the worst record in the NFL. They have the Jacksonville Jaguars to thank, as the Jags won for the first time this season on Sunday by upsetting the Tennessee Titans.
The Bucs still have a Week 10 game to play on Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, and if they are able to win that matchup they will enter a tiebreaker scenario for the first pick in the draft. But should the Buccaneers lose the remainder of their games, it would net them an opportunity to pick whichever player they like in the upcoming college selection meeting.
The question fans must ask now is if the Buccaneers can win any of the games that remain on their schedule. Upcoming home games against Miami and Atlanta seem like the best possibilities, with a home tilt in Buffalo later in the season providing yet another option.
The other question fans must ask is whether or not they want to see the team continue to lose. Is getting the first pick in the draft worth losing 14 to 16 games this season? Is it worth the frustration of winning only three or four games for the sake of being a fan and watching your favorite team win?
Monday night’s game will likely help shape the second half of the season for the Buccaneers, as they face a hurt and distracted Miami team. A loss at home against the Dolphins likely sets the table for a top draft pick and a regime change heading into 2014.