Eye on the draft: Weekly Redskins watch


ST. LOUIS -- The Washington Redskins finally got a little bit of traction Sunday, bouncing back from a 14-0 deficit to overcome the Oakland Raiders and pick up their first win of the season.

For a little while, it appeared Oakland might pull off the win and the Redskins would fall to 0-4. For Rams fans watching the game, the outcome was surely disappointing but it's not like Washington put on some dominant performance to put its fans at ease, either.

As we do once every week, we'll take a quick look at how the Redskins are faring in the big picture and how it could set up well for the Rams, who own Washington's first-round pick in 2014.

Last week, resident draft guru Todd McShay offered possible draft solutions for the teams that were 0-3, including Washington. He suggested, in this Insider pieceInsider, the Redskins need to find some difference makers on defense and a right tackle on offense.

Since that piece came out, the Redskins improved to 1-3, the same record the Rams now hold after another letdown performance against San Francisco.

A quarter of the way through the season, the current trajectory for both teams could leave the Rams with two premium picks in the next draft. Obviously, both teams hope to pull out of current ruts and change that in the next 12 games.

The Rams' current struggles have exposed some glaring weaknesses that could use help heading into the next draft. It's too early to narrow it down to a player or two but if the draft were today, one would think the Rams would focus plenty of attention on the offensive line, running back and the secondary.

For what it's worth, in his latest top 32Insider, McShay has four offensive linemen, all tackles (Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio, Tennessee's Antonio Richardson, Michigan's Taylor Lewan) in his top 15. His highest-rated defensive back right now is Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix at No. 18.

Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest big boardInsider of the top 25 players has four offensive tackles (Matthews, Lewan, Kouandjio, Florida State's Cameron Erving) in his top 10. Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy is Kiper's highest-rated defensive back at No. 13.