Friday, November 15, 2013
Eye on the draft: Weekly Redskins watch
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- If St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead wanted to, he could have two favorite NFL teams to cheer on every week: his Rams and whoever is playing the Washington Redskins.
Snead and the Rams hold the rights to Washington's first-round pick for the 2014 NFL draft, so every loss the Redskins accumulate is another step closer to a prized selection in this year's draft.
Asked this week if he is keeping a keen eye on the Redskins, Snead said it can go both ways.
"I’m an only child and selfishness is part of it," Snead said, laughing. "I definitely notice it. You’re definitely aware of it. That affects us for sure. We’d love to have a really nice pick, even so good we could keep doing this thing a little bit."
On the other hand, Snead has plenty to worry about in tracking his own team every week. While a Rams win and a Redskins loss would make for an ideal weekend, the inverse could create a pretty miserable feeling.
"You don’t want to go through with us and the team playing Washington, you’ve got a chance to lose two times in a week, and I don’t want anything to do with losing twice in a week," Snead said. "I don’t even want to pay attention, I want to spend my time preparing for wherever that pick falls, because if we prepare, we can maneuver around and make that thing work wherever we are."
Through 10 weeks, where the Rams "are" is in a spot that could have them picking twice in the first dozen picks. At 4-6, the Rams' own pick is No. 11 and 3-6 Washington's spot would be No. 8.
The Rams have their bye this week, but the Redskins are coming off a bad loss to Minnesota and have to go on the road to play Philadelphia this weekend.