Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Eye on the draft: Weekly Redskins watch
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The Washington Redskins enjoyed a bye week this week after picking up their first win of the season in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.
In the meantime, other teams struggling around them continued on their path toward the upper reaches of the 2014 NFL draft. The Rams, of course, hold Washington's first-round pick in addition to their own next year.
If the draft were to begin today, there are only five teams worse than Washington based on winning percentage, which would give the Rams the sixth pick courtesy of Washington. The Rams' pick would come in somewhere in the next seven or so picks but it's way too early to even try to figure out tiebreakers as they are one of seven teams with a 2-3 record.
There have been some interesting developments in the college game the past few weeks, including the hoopla surrounding South Carolina's stud defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Long presumed to be the top player in next year's draft, many are now questioning whether he's doing too much to protect that status. Our draft expert Todd McShay says in his latest Insider piece not to pay much attention to all of that stuff and believes Clowney still belongs at the top of the board. Mel Kiper Jr. agrees .
From a Rams perspective, positional needs are starting to reveal themselves as the season moves along. The offensive line looks like it will need reinforcement at multiple spots, particularly tackle as Rodger Saffold is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. The secondary also could use some more help.
One position that could provide some real intrigue is quarterback. Even if the Rams continue to believe that Sam Bradford is the guy moving forward, it appears this year's draft class is going to provide a lot of options at quarterback. If the Rams don't want to spend a high pick on another quarterback, it might be worthwhile to look at one in the second or third round to give themselves a backup who has some upside should something change in their thinking with Bradford.
Depending on who comes out, there could be as many as nine quarterbacks expected to go in the first 50 picks or so. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater headlines the group and it appears plenty of teams are already doing what they can to put themselves in position to get him. Others such as Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, UCLA's Brett Hundley, Georgia's Aaron Murray, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Fresno State's Derek Carr, among others are also drawing early attention.