We're only three weeks into the 2020 NFL season, but there are already a handful of teams that might as well pack it up and starting preparing for 2021.
The 2021 NFL draft should feature several potential franchise players, including guys like Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and LSU's Ja'Marr Chase. For teams without a win this year, it's already becoming difficult to make the playoffs, so draft position will quickly become a priority for squads that continue to falter.
Some losing teams still have hope, either because of bad injury luck or a couple of close calls that just haven't gone their way. However, the teams listed here should already be looking ahead to the 2021 draft.
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The Cincinnati Bengals were able to avoid an 0-3 start to the season this past week, but unfortunately, a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles doesn't make the team's situation a whole lot better. The Bengals have found their quarterback of the future in No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, so they surely hoped for a better start.
Three weeks into the season, Cincinnati is firmly in last place in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens are the favorites to win the division, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-0 and have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are 2-1 and have a running game that has been difficult to contain, averaging the third-most yards per game at 170.3.
Cincinnati's first three games have exposed serious weaknesses on the roster, particularly on the offensive line. Burrow has been pressured constantly, with the Bengals allowing eight sacks Sunday against the Eagles and 14 overall. Burrow may have weapons like Joe Mixon, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, but it will be hard for the offense to do a whole lot behind the unreliable O-line.
While the start to the season has been tough for Bengals fans, the team is actually in a pretty good situation to rebuild for the future. A poor record will help them get a good draft slot. Meanwhile, Burrow is getting vital experience and playing quite well, completing 64.5 percent of his passes.
It's time for the front office to start looking ahead to the 2021 draft, particularly if the next class of offensive linemen truly is generational.
New York Giants
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After being outscored by a combined 41 points in their first three games, the New York Giants might want to start looking toward the draft.
Along with an 0-3 record, the Giants lost running back Saquon Barkley in Week 2 to a torn ACL. Without their dynamic star, the Giants could only muster nine points against the San Francisco 49ers last week despite the absence of key defensive players, including reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa.