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Eye on the draft: Weekly Redskins watch

10/15/2013

ST. LOUIS -- The weekend provided a lot of happiness for St. Louis sports fans beyond the Rams' 38-13 victory against the Houston Texans as the baseball Cardinals won twice in the National League Championship Series, the NHL's Blue improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and even the University of Missouri got a road win against No. 7 Georgia to move to 6-0.

As if that wasn't enough, the Rams and their fans got even more good news as a team they are most certainly rooting against took another loss when the Washington Redskins fell to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-16, dropping their record to 1-4.

The Rams hold Washington's first-round draft pick in 2014 and with each passing week, that pick looks more valuable. A year ago, the Redskins got off to a rough start before rebounding to win the NFC East. From the way things are going, Redskins reporter John Keim writes that the problems for this year's team currently run much deeper and there don't appear to be any obvious signs Washington can pull out of its current struggles right away.

Washington's upcoming schedule doesn't provide much relief, either. The Redskins have already had their bye and they play Chicago, at Denver, San Diego and at Minnesota in their next four. Games against San Francisco, Kansas City and another meeting with Dallas loom after that.

If the NFL draft was today, only three teams -- Jacksonville, the New York Giants and Tampa Bay -- would have a worse record than Washington's 1-4. Minnesota, Atlanta and Pittsburgh also carry 1-4 marks, meaning the Redskins' pick would be no worse than No. 7 as things stand.

There's not a Rams fan in the world who would be unhappy with a top-10 pick as the cherry on top of the trade that ultimately sent Robert Griffin III to the nation's capital.

Our draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released their updated player rankings last week without much change. Here's each analyst's top seven players in their Insider pieces, not all of whom would necessarily be a fit in St. Louis but there are certainly some intriguing names.

Kiper: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, UCLA LB Anthony Barr, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III, Michigan OT Taylor Lewan and USC WR Marqise Lee.

McShay: Clowney, Bridgewater, Barr, Matthews, Nix III, UCLA QB Brett Hundley and Lewan.