Anavarathan: NFL Draft watch: Can the 49ers land the No. 1 pick?
Starting the NFL season 0-5 means the fans can start looking toward a high draft pick next year in April. #TeamTank has been executing at a high level, losing games in a different manner every, single weekend. They've lost four straight games by three points or less.
As Matt Maiocco notes here, the 49ers are tied with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns for the worst record in the NFL at 0-5.
The 49ers have games against the Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, Cardinals, Giants, Seahawks, Bears, Texans, Titans, Jaguars and Rams remaining.
San Francisco will be heavy underdogs against Washington, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Tennessee and Los Angeles. In the other games, they may have a puncher's chance against Chicago and Jacksonville to steal a game.
While I was one of the ones to predict the 49ers going 6-10, I don't think they finish the season higher than 2-14. While they're in all of these games, Brian Hoyer consistently fails to make enough to plays to win games for the 49ers.
On the other hand, the Cleveland Browns have a serious shot to go 0-16 this season. The New York Jets was their one winnable game and with Hue Jackson flip-flopping the quarterback position, Cleveland's sailing smoothly for the No. 1 overall pick.
New York's too talented to not win a few games. Eli Manning and that defense will lead New York to more wins than San Francisco and Cleveland.
I think San Francisco ends up back in the No. 2 slot similar to last season. Ideally, finishing No. 1 gives San Francisco the choice of quarterback or EDGE if they sign Kirk Cousins, but No. 2 may be the best they can do with Cleveland perfecting the tank game.