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Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:56 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2012 12:23 am

St. Louis Rams vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff confirmed to the Sports Xchange on Friday night the agreement on a deal that should be historic for two franchises, as the Rams agreed to trade the second overall pick in this year's NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins, who are expected to use it to select Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

In return, the Rams hope to build their way out of their 2-14 record in 2011 with the No. 6 overall pick next month, two future first-round picks and a second-round pick. The trade, first reported by, cannot become official until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, when free agency also begins. 

It is the kind of deal the Rams needed to make after new head coach Jeff Fisher said last month that the team is committed to quarterback Sam Bradford, which put that prized No. 2 spot squarely on the trading block for anybody desiring to take "RG3." It is assumed that the Indianapolis Colts will use the first pick to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck to replace departed Peyton Manning.

The Redskins' urgency to move up to the No. 2 spot was heightened with multiple reports saying Manning told the team he wasn't interested in playing for Washington after being released by Indianapolis on Wednesday. Manning visited Denver Friday, creating even more potential for the Dolphins to take a shot at getting Griffin. The Cleveland Browns were also reported to be interested in the No. 2 spot.

The Rams can use the No, 6 spot to get any number of talented, top 10 prospects, including a pair of offensive tackles -- Southern Cal's Matt Kalil and Iowa's Riley Reiff -- LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Earlier Friday, Blackmon showed off for personnel from every NFL team at his Pro Day in Stillwater, Okla., where he was clocked in 4.46 seconds for 40 yards. Demoff would neither confirm nor deny whether the Rams were interested in getting Blackmon to catch passes from Bradford.
The trade may not be the best of news for Griffin. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has spent more money than any other team this century in search of a Super Bowl team. But the Redskins seem to make the least of these deals and often seem dysfunctional, perhaps best evidenced by an inability to get on the same page with veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2010.
Coach Mike Shanahan runs his version of a West Coast offense, which does feature mobility at quarterback with the sprint right option as a basic play. Griffin is a great athlete, as evidenced by his unofficial 40-yard time of 4.38 seconds and a vertical jump of 39 inches at the Scouting Combine in February.

--Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange


Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2012 1:12 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

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sp;They are not giving up 3 years of first rounders. They are giving up 2013/14 and 2014/15 picks. The 2012 1st round pick is a swap, that the Skins actually get the better of. So, they paid 2 first rounders and a 2nd rounder to swap positions in this years draft. This is about the same price that Oakland paid for Palmer, so it is in line with the going rate. Only difference is that Palmer is a proven commodity and RGIII is a rokkie prospect.

  We shall see how it turns out; I just wanted to clarify that the Skins DID NOT give up 3 first round picks. Well, technically they did, but they got one back. So it's a net loss of 2 first rounders.   

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2012 1:04 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

Correct me if I am wrong here, but isn't it just 2 first round picks, a 2nd round pick, and a 1st round swap?? That's the way I read it. They both get 1st round picks, but Skins move up 4 places. Then, Skins give up their next 2 1st rounders and a 2nd round. That doesn't equal 3 1st rounders, unless, like I mentioned earlier, I am reading it wrong. Please correct me if this is not the case. Thanks

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 2:31 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

this trade wont be worth it even if the RG3 becomes a top 5 QB. they're giving up 3 years of first rounds. The Redskins are going nowhere, so even if they didnt take the QB this year it will come. This is the type of panic move that sets back a team for another 5 years. They were better off spending "dead money" on Flynn and still having the picks. 

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 1:18 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3


I agree with you 100% on your outlook of this trade! People are going to bash the Washington Redskins no matter what they do b/c it's the "cool" thing to do I guess. This looks like a smart move even though the Redskins gave up a lot to move up, but they may have landed their first franchise QB in almost 40 years. Yes I said 40 years and that's when Sonny Jurgenson played in D.C. and he retired in 1974.

Mike Shanahan has done a great job of bringing in some good young players in his first two years, but the QB spot has not worked out so great. There's 40 million in salary cap space to fill out the rest of the team's roster. The free agent class is pretty solid this year and if Shanny And GM Bruce Allen continue their trend of being smart in free agency with the players they sign and the contracts they hand out the Redskins will be in good shape when the 2012 NFL season starts.

The Redskins are not as far away as people think. Last year the defense went from #31 to #13 and the O-Line played better as the season went along last year. The Redskins allowed 41 QB sacks which was tied with the Green Bay Packers and less than the following teams: Steelers,Dolphins,Cardinals,Seahawks,49ers and a few more. Bad QB play is what derailed them last season. The inept combo of Rex Grossman and "Journeyman" John Beck combined to throw 24 Int's and lose 5 fumbles. 

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:15 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

This has to be the dumbest thing I've seen since my Vikings sold the farm for Herschel Walker 20+ years ago!
or since the stupid Vikings played an injured Adrian Peterson only to get him really injured in a meaningless late season game, only to win the game and lose out on the RG3 hysteria. All of those picks could have been the Vikings. Absolutely STUPID!

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:07 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

Wow a Heath Shuler reference

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:06 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

Rams have a uy they want... Claiborne, Blackmon, etc.  Browns know this.  They'll play chicken with the Rams until they can get an extra pick from them.  May be dreaming, but have been hoping for this from day 1.  Browns don't want RG#.  They want picks and will get more AND either Flynn or Kolb.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:04 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

This is boom or bust for my Skins. 3 1st is crazy so I guess the free agent SB will be ours again for a few years. If he busts we are done for the next 10 years. Shuler ruined us so let's hope that doesn't happen again.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:02 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

I didn't even think how this may help the Browns.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:01 am

Redskins trade for No. 2 pick; poised to nab RG3

  This has to be the dumbest thing I've seen since my Vikings sold the farm for Herschel Walker 20+ years ago!  You give up this years number1 pick and swap with the Rams.  You moved from #6 to # 2.  Nice job so far.  Than you give them this years #2 and 1st rounders in '13 and'14.  You went from nice job to stupid in the last sentence!  First off you are banking that RGIII is the answer.  He may turn out to be a great QB in the NFL I'm not contesting that.  Last year no one new much about Cam Newton, than he became the guy we can't live without. Now RGIII is the guy we can't live with out.  There will be a new one next year for sure so why give up all this for a guy who has never played a down in the NFL.  The Rams have to be popping champagne bottles tonight, because they got all these picks, and will probably end up with getting Blackmon in the draft and that's who they wanted all along.  Nice job Rams, good luck skins.

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