7 Thoughts following the Bears loss to the Vikings
Chicago Bears Thought No. 6: Will NFL eventually implement a lottery draft?
For many, yesterday’s Week 18 game felt like a final preseason game. Why? Look at the quarterbacks starting yesterday’s game.
With the number of teams starting a backup quarterback yesterday, including the Bears and the Colts to better their draft positions, one must wonder if the NFL needs to start pondering about implementing the NBA-type lottery into the NFL draft soon.
The MLB implemented and had a draft lottery this offseason, so that leaves the NFL as the only professional sports organization not to have a draft lottery.
Listening to the Bears pregame show on 670 The Score, long-time NFL columnist Dan Pompei thinks at some point, the NFL could implement it to prevent teams from trying to lose. You might recall the Miami Dolphins, owned by Stephen Ross, were sued by former head coach Brian Flores because he pressured Flores to lose games for the Dolphins to get better draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and was offering him $100,000 for each game the team lost in 2019 season.
And former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson also joined in on the lawsuit mentioning the Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wanted to incentivize losing, which allowed them to gain the No.1 pick in 2017 and 2018, though he later denied he was paid to lose games. The league eventually did not find any evidence to support that both teams were actively tanking, but it was not a good look for the NFL.
While commissioner Roger Goodell sees nothing wrong with the current system, former NFL head coach and now Fox Sports analyst Sean Payton thinks it is happening soon.
Given how big the NFL Draft has become every year traveling to different cities, you know the NFL will implement at some point to create more buzz.
Perhaps this year could be the turning point and the Bears could be the last team to win No.1 pick based on the worst record.