Whoever is in charge has to get it right, too, for the first pick to matter.
The Raiders failed to do that in 2007, when they chose JaMarcus Russell first. He was out of the league after three years, while the Lions’ second overall pick, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, just broke Jerry Rice’s record for yards receiving in a single season.
Smith and Pioli may be out of jobs come Monday, though, and who the Chiefs and Jaguars will have orchestrating their draft is about as clear as whom they'll select.
Perhaps that’s why Crennel was channeling his inner Herm Edwards on Wednesday.
‘‘We play to win the game,’’ he said, when asked about a loss guaranteeing the Chiefs the first overall choice. ‘‘That’s the only way I know how to do it.’’
AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Jacksonville, Fla., contributed to this story.
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