Eye on the draft: Weekly Redskins watch

October, 31, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- For a little more than half of Sunday's game against Denver, the Washington Redskins had St. Louis Rams fans concerned that they were on the verge of a big upset win and another potential major midseason turnaround.

The Redskins jumped out to a big lead on the Broncos in a game many assumed was a gimme for Denver and another loss for the Redskins. Reality finally made itself at home in the second half and the Broncos surged to a 24-point win that was a bit more difficult than the final score would indicate.

With the loss, Washington dropped to 2-5 on the season, with a home game coming this weekend against San Diego.

So, with the Rams at 3-5 and Washington at 2-5 as we near the halfway point of the season, the Rams would find themselves with a pair of premium picks if the NFL draft were already here. In fact, with Washington's first-round pick in their back pocket, the Rams would hold picks No. 7 and 9 in May's draft.

Clearly, that would be a quick way to help out at positions such as offensive line, safety, cornerback and others. That could mean a shot at an offensive tackle like Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu or Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the three players at those positions rated highest by our draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. on his latest big board.

As the season's second half approaches, it's worth noting that the final position for the Rams' two first-rounders is really fluid. According to ESPN Insider Mike Sando, the Rams' eight remaining opponents have a .700 winning percentage, which means as of right now they have the toughest remaining schedule in the league. On the other side, Washington's final nine opponents have a .267 winning percentage, which is tied for the easiest remaining schedule.

Early in the season it appeared the Rams might finish in the middle of the pack for their own selection while Washington might offer up a premium pick. Considering how things are trending for both teams and their remaining slates, it could turn out to be the opposite.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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