Eye on the draft: Weekly Redskins watch

September, 24, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Looking for some good, Rams-related news to come out of the Week 3 games? You certainly didn't find much to come out of the Rams-Cowboys game, but out in our nation's capital, there was plenty to be found.

The Washington Redskins dropped a 27-20 decision to the Detroit Lions at home and their record fell to 0-3 on the season. As the team that owns Washington's first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Rams' players and coaches may not be paying attention to any results aside from their own but it's probably a safe bet to assume that general manager Les Snead and his staff are aware of the Redskins' slow start.

Washington got off to a slow start last year and rebounded to win the NFC East. That bounce back has plenty of fans feeling like the Redskins can do it again, but as our Redskins reporter John Keim points out, expecting a similar rebound based on the way the team has played so far might be asking a bit much. Considering Washington's defense has allowed a league-record 1,464 yards through the first three games, the Redskins have issues that go deeper than Robert Griffin III's knee troubles.

As it stands, the Redskins are one of six winless teams. ESPN Insider Mike Sando examined those winless teams and believes all hope is not lost for Washington with the acknowledgement that there's plenty of work to be done for it to bounce back.

If the season ended today, the Rams would hold a top-six pick in the draft. Here are the top six players from our resident draft experts, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., courtesy of their current big boards (Insider content for full articles).
McShay: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III, UCLA LB Anthony Barr, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, UCLA QB Brett Hundley

Kiper: Clowney, Bridgewater, Nix III, Matthews, Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, Barr

It's way too early to make a determination on what the Rams will want or who they like in the next draft, but they'd likely have interest in anyone in that group, save for the quarterbacks. Of course, the Rams have the Redskins' pick because they once traded the chance to draft Griffin for a bounty of picks. If that opportunity arises again, I'm sure Snead would be more than happy to keep loading up on early picks by doing it again for someone like Bridgewater or Hundley.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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