Who Win in Rams and Redskins Trade?
Of course it’s common knowledge that the Washington Redskins now own the #2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Despite all of the hearts in Cleveland breaking, fans in both Washington, D.C. and St. Louis are rejoicing.
But which fans should be rejoicing the most? Who wins the most out of a deal that exchanges multiple draft picks just for the likely rights of one player in Robert Griffin III?
The Redskins are sending the #6 overall pick, #39 overall, 2013 first round, and 2014 first round picks for the #2 overall pick in 2012, as well as some late round picks possible.
Here is a break down of the benefits for each team:
St. Louis Rams
- Multiple first round picks in 2013, and 2014.
- Trading out of the #2 overall pick saves them a few extra dollars on the cap.
- Not forced to reach for a player at #2 overall.
- Establishing an identity to build through the draft with multiple draft picks.
- Will not have to start either Rex Grossman or John Beck outside of an injury.
- Gain one of the top quarterback prospects in years.
- Gives Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen a slightly longer leash.
- Puts Redskins in a position to win NFC East if Griffin can produce.
All in all, both teams won. Looking at the trade on paper, it almost seems that the Redskins got robbed.
But when you look at the talent they will get in RGIII, and the way that he fits the Kyle and Mike Shanahan offense, this deal for them is exceptional.
The Rams and Jeff Fisher will get to build around Sam Bradford through the draft having multiple first round picks.
As of now, the Rams win no matter what. They had zero intentions of drafting Robert Griffin, and they used the #2 overall pick to stockpile picks.
The gamble is huge for the Redskins as they need a Lombardi Trohpy, if not two, with RGIII in order to justify this Ricky Williams-esque trade.