Washington-Atlanta a big game for NFL draft order

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Two of the worst teams in the NFL will meet on Sunday in Atlanta, in a terrible game that will have big implications in the NFL draft.

At 3-10, Washington and Atlanta are tied for the second-worst record in the NFL. So the loser of Sunday’s meeting will be in the driver’s seat for the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Except that Washington shipped its first-round pick to St. Louis as part of the trade to acquire Robert Griffin III. So this is a big game for the Rams, who will be rooting for the Falcons.

One of the most surprising parts of this NFL season is that the four teams with the worst records in the league — Houston, Atlanta, Washington and Minnesota — were all in the playoffs last season. Fans of three of those teams at least have the ability to daydream about what their teams can do with next year’s first-round pick. Fans in Washington don’t even have the draft to console them as they trudge through a miserable December.

39 responses to “Washington-Atlanta a big game for NFL draft order

  1. The trade for RGIII was worth it and I’d do it a million more times. Quarterbacks with the skillset and brilliance of Robert don’t grow on trees. Pound for Pound he’s the best talent and QB this league has since Johnny Elway. The Rams have a brittle glass QB and too many holes to patchup. They’ll draft a bust as per usual. #BruceAllenisagenious

  2. This is a December Super Bowl for me. I can’t wait.
    Big draft implications on the line, go Rams!

    And it would be really nice of Atlanta to help them out. Maybe next year the Rams can push the Falcons out of the playoffs as a result of getting an extra premium pick that the Falcons help them out with today. So much is on the line for the Rams and they need the Falcons to step up and contribute!

  3. So much is on the line for the Rams???

    As in maybe they can go from being last in the division for the next decade, to last for only the next five years? Even with all of these recent picks, they still have failed over and over to get ahead.

  4. Eh, parity causes a lot of shuffling in the standings each year. Unless you are the New England Patriots, who have the best QB-Coach tandem in NFL history.

  5. logicalvoicesays says:

    The trade for RGIII was worth it and I’d do it a million more times. Quarterbacks with the skillset and brilliance of Robert don’t grow on trees. Pound for Pound he’s the best talent and QB this league has since Johnny Elway. The Rams have a brittle glass QB and too many holes to patchup. They’ll draft a bust as per usual. #BruceAllenisagenious

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    So you’re saying that by playing RG3 in last year’s playoffs benefited the franchise’s future and RG3’s health and future? You’re delusional. The way the team is utilizing him, he maybe have 3-4 years left in the league until he joins a class action suit.

  6. Whatever Dan Snyder touches…. he destroys.

    He is DC’s reckoning.

    He took the franchise he loved his entire life and destroyed it.

    This is his legacy. That must be extremely depressing for his life.

  7. “Pound for Pound he’s the best talent and QB this league has since Johnny Elway.”

    And here I thought that we’ve had at least 3-4 QBs since Elway that are better. Even an Elway fan would still concede that there’s at least two (Brady and Manning).

  8. This must be the saddest article in the history of PFT for a Redskin Potato fan.

    The headline should have read “Washington-Atlanta a big game for NFL draft order, but not for the Redskin Potatoes”.

  9. since the redskins are the laughing stock of the nfl , can they finally change there name to the redskin potatoes ?

  10. The Rams will be sitting pretty regardless with 2 potential top 15 picks. They can draft a qb if they are not convinced Bradford is the answer, they can draft one of the top O-line as it is a glaring weakness, or they can trade down and still end up with a top cb or safety

  11. As a Vikings fan, any result is a good result for this game. I suppose I would prefer Atlanta to win, since I think they’re more likely to draft one of the prime defensive players (Barr and Clowney) than St. Louis, who I’m guessing will draft an offensive lineman.

  12. Hey Rams, Work out a trade with Cleveland and get their two first rounders. That will get you three first rounders and Cleveland maybe gets its QB.

  13. The Rams are the youngest team in the NFL and have gone from zero talent to a lot of talent. I’m no Bradford fan, but him getting hurt did us in.

  14. I’m trying to think of a deal where a lot of picks were given up for one guy, that was worth it. Maybe Julio Jones? Not Rickie Williams and probably not RG III. Am I missing one that definitely worked for the team giving up all the picks?

  15. crabcakesfootball says:Dec 10, 2013 4:40 PM

    Whatever Dan Snyder touches…. he destroys.

    He is DC’s reckoning.

    He took the franchise he loved his entire life and destroyed it.

    This is his legacy. That must be extremely depressing for his life.

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    Until he checks his bank account.

  16. The Rams will take the Skins pick, trade it for 3 more #1’s, then trade a #1 back to the Skins for RG3.

  17. hey logical hearing voices,

    your team BLOWS and has for decades. Trophies from the last millennium don’t count.

    If you think trading the future for an admittedly talented but brittle QB while the rest of the team (OL, Defense) is JV quality is a smart move, then I guess it’s a good thing you are just an idiot posting on blogs rather than an actual football decision maker.

  18. tonyugoh says:
    Dec 10, 2013 4:32 PM
    How funny would it be if the Rams took a QB with Washington’s pick?

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    Man, I hope that’s exactly what happens. That would be the greatest form of irony, especially if they take Bridgewater.

  19. Well, I don’t think that headline will help me unload my Falcons tickets for this weekend’s game…was really thinking (in August) that this was a blue-chip reason to buy tickets.

  20. logicalvoicesays says:
    The trade for RGIII was worth it and I’d do it a million more times. Quarterbacks with the skillset and brilliance of Robert don’t grow on trees. Pound for Pound he’s the best talent and QB this league has since Johnny Elway. The Rams have a brittle glass QB and too many holes to patchup. They’ll draft a bust as per usual. #BruceAllenisagenious

    +++++++++++++

    My prediction: The way those first names are being used in the paragraph suggests to me that there is a high probability that logicalvoice is a lady…..

  21. .

    1. Houston
    2. STL (from Wash)
    3. Atlanta
    4. Minnesota
    5. Jacksonville
    6. Cleveland
    7. Oakland
    8. Buffalo
    9. Tampa
    10. Pittsburgh

    .

  22. mrfoozball says:
    Dec 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    So you’re saying that by playing RG3 in last year’s playoffs benefited the franchise’s future and RG3′s health and future? You’re delusional. The way the team is utilizing him, he maybe have 3-4 years left in the league until he joins a class action suit.
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    So your saying that a player can not play after a career-ending injury such an ACL, MCL, PCL injury…Did you know that in 1985, Elway (during his 2nd year) had microscopic surgery on his knee and in fact had his ACL removed. Amazingly, in fifteen seasons in the NFL, Elway missed exactly nine games to injury. That’s incredible given his injury history from the start.

    So don’t speak for something you have no idea about other than your opinion which btw is not worth anything because your no expert!

  23. That’s sad when two teams see a big game as one that’s fighting for the draft order instead of a playoff spot. It’s like watching two dogs fight over the crumbs that fell off of the table…

  24. Some people on here expect the Rams to be so much better by now are either haters, delusional, or just plain stupid. They don’t realize what a mess they were when Fisher took over. It took Pete Carroll 3 years to build the Seahawks and he had a lot more to start with. Oh, and by the way, logicalvoicesays, there’s no o in genius.

  25. @ logicalvoicesays
    Shut th hell up with RG62 he dude can’t hit a broad side of a barn get his nuts out of you mouth and open up your eyes he won’t even be a starter by the end if next year. The skins are screwed for the next 5 years so move on and stop your stupid comment moron.

  26. @mdpgc
    Don’t act like this clown logicalvoicesays and and make yourself look foolish also. If you think RG16 looked or ran anything like he did last year your crazy. He could not hit any targets this year as a pocket QB he actually sucked. So he’ll have to try and run to be productive. The NFL has figured the read option out so he won’t last in this league no running QB ever has and Elway he is a pocket QB like The greats Manning Brady Big Ben they don’t need there legs they are smart Call options and stay in the pocket RG49 will never be that. I am from Maryland and you skin fans here a delusional just wake up and admit they fxxxed up and RG09 and the team suck.

  27. “Fans of three of those teams at least have the ability to daydream about what their teams can do with next year’s first-round pick. Fans in Washington don’t even have the draft to console them as they trudge through a miserable December.”
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    Last I checked, the draft was more than just one round. No NFL team is comprised soley of round 1 picks. There are players to be had. Redskins fans still look forward to getting more talented players at ILB, WR, RT, CB, S. We still have hope. Morris, Garcon and Cousins are mid-late round guys. There is talent to be had in every draft.

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