Some teams acquire their franchise quarterbacks through luck, and solid draft scouting—such as the New England Patriots with Tom Brady or the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson. Other teams make moves in free agency (Drew Brees). Rarely are starting-level quarterbacks acquired via trade.
Then there's the draft, where quarterback dreams are most common. Teams will go to untold lengths to find and acquire a young franchise quarterback—so much so that some fans and media members will believe a team is intentionally losing to "earn" the worst record in the league and a chance at the No. 1 pick.
Tanking, as this is called, has long been rumored in the NFL, but it's never been executed well. The New York Jets were rumored to be tanking in 2017 but won five games and finished with the No. 6 overall selection before trading up to No. 3 overall.
As recently as last season, the 2019 Miami Dolphins were considered a tank job, but that team went on to win five games and earn the No. 5 pick.
Most observers would have pointed at the Jacksonville Jaguars as a team tanking for the top pick in the 2021 draft and a chance at a quarterback class that is expected to feature three surefire top-10 picks and another who could crash the top 15.