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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 FoxSports.com, 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

Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:00 am
 

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

BIG XII QB's and the NFL, no greater match......



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:00 am
 

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

Agree.  Browns will end up with more picks from this because Rams are worried about who the Bucs want.



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:58 pm
 

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

All that for moving down 4 spots. I would be excited if I were a Rams fan. So glad Cleveland didn't make that stupid trade!!!



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:57 pm
 

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

If you think the Rams screwed up you should change your name.  This is a mint.  They did get 3 first rounders for the pick including this year's. 



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:57 pm
 

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

Great move for the Browns.  Now the Rams will trade up to 4 to Browns and their early 2nd to get Claiborne.  Browns will still get their preferred Blackmon / Richardson.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:57 pm
 

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

I'd say by the 2015 season the Rams should be the Greastest Show on Turf V2.0



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:57 pm
 

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

Good lord, 3 firsts and a and 2nd to move up 4 spots?  That is a ridiculous haul.  However, if RG3 turns out to be the franchise QB the Redksins fans have so desperately been waiting for it is well worth it.  Good for the Rams and quite possibly good for the Skins because I believe RG3 is going to be excellent.  Look at what Cam Newton did as a rookie.  Now consider that RG3 is as athletic, a better thrower and probably a good deal more intelligent.  He could be awesome.  Granted, he's not physically built like Newton, but who the hell is?



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:54 pm
 

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

No one will know for a while whether or not the trade was worth it for the Redskins. If RGIII becomes a franchise QB and Pro-Bowler, then it will be. If not...it won't. The Rams made out great, but everyone knew they would. SOME team was going to move up for RGIII...that was a given. Also...don't forget that the Redskins have over $47 million in cap space for 2012...4th most room in the NFL, so they can definitely sign some free agent talent if they choose to.



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:51 pm
 

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

I really hope future trades aren't based on this one.  Unless my Vikings suck again which is very possible so maybe I hope future trades are just like this.  Too much hype for Griffin.  I expected this type of compensation for Luck. 



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:50 pm
 

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

As a Rams fan, this is a banner day unlike we've seen in the last 8 years or so.  What a haul!!


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