COMMENTARY | Things have not necessarily gone as planned for the St. Louis Rams this season. Hopes were high for a potential return to the playoffs following a 7-8-1 campaign in head coach Jeff Fisher's first season.
But a slow start coupled with an ACL injury to starting quarterback Sam Bradford have created a couple of speed bumps. The Rams are still in the mix for a playoff berth thanks to some inspired play in wins over Indianapolis and Chicago, but need some help.
While it may be too late for this year, some big time, very talented help may be on the way to St. Louis after the 2013 season thanks to the struggles of the Washington Redskins and a trade between the two franchises prior to the 2012 NFL draft.
The Rams own the rights to Washington's first round pick in next spring's NFL draft as a result of a trade made between the two teams that gave Washington the opportunity to draft Robert Griffin III.
In 2012, the Redskins looked brilliant for making the move as RG3 was the toast of the NFL.
But in 2013, the struggles in Washington have left St. Louis Rams fans salivating and drooling because as it stands after Week 12, the Rams own the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NFL draft thanks Washington's 3-8 record in 2013.
Washington could certainly use an infusion of talent at wide receiver and a weapon for Griffin III to utilize in the passing game. The Redskins, who have spent most of the season playing from behind, have just the 15th most passing yards in the league. Washington also could desperately use a play-maker on the defensive side of the ball to help stabilize the league's 28th ranked defense.
But the Redskins will not have the luxury of using a first round pick to help build around RG3. That pick will be chosen by Les Snead and the St. Louis Rams.
The pick should come in handy for the St. Louis Rams as their young roster is improving, but imperfect.
The Rams could use the Washington pick to upgrade the offensive right tackle position, find an additional safety or draft another talented corner back to shore up an already stellar defense.
The Rams may even use the pick to take a franchise quarterback of their own if they decide that Bradford is not the man for the job or healthy enough to play at a high level in 2014. With the No.5 overall pick, the Rams could be in contention for a talent such as Teddy Bridgewater, who is currently ranked No. 5 on ESPN's most recent draft board.
The more Washington continues to struggle, the more flexibility the Rams continue to gain as Snead could parlay the pick into several more if he so chooses.
It's a good situation for the Rams to be in. Fisher's team is playing outstanding and gritty football and has an outside chance of making the playoffs still. The Rams get better today with each of their own wins and improve next year with every Washington loss.
St. Louis fans now have two teams to root for the rest of the season. They certainly should root for their own Rams, but also whatever team is taking on Washington the rest of the way.
Corey Rudd is owner/editor of StlSportsMinute.com and co-host of Fan Interference on CBS Sports 920 AM in St. Louis. Rudd writes about the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Missouri Tigers football team as a contributor for Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter here.
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