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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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:37 pm

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

yeah continued greatness...
some of the highest payroll teams that were absolutely terrible.. & still the 4th best team in the division

go eagles!

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:37 pm

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

St Louis fans should be rejoicing after this Rape fest....Washington shows their ignorance again as far as i'm concerned to give this much up for a player of this type and dont get me wrong I like an elusive Qb but not a runner....Not in the NFL.....Great athlete...yes of course but a great athlete doesn't always make for a great Qb or even a good one for that matter....Some will come here and talk about his arm strength and that he is a passer first...those people will get their feelings hurt!

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:36 pm

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

Minnesota and Tampa Bay are just chillin in the top 5 and waitin to see how all this shakes out. I would like Justin Blackmon, but he probably wont make it past Cleveland. Morris Claiborne would be a good pick too.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:34 pm

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

I sell cars for a living and i have to give props to the Rams, they just sold a Ford Taurus for $20,000 over the sticker price. I'd like to show Dan Snyder a few "gems" on our used car lot. No disrespect to RG3, he is a great QB with a bright future, but this was a ridiculous price to pay. When will the Redskins learn how to do this? Would the Steelers or Patriots do this deal? No. They like the sellers role, keep your picks, collect more picks from the Snyder's of the NFL and make wise choices for your team now and in the future. Goodluck to all in DC, you'll need it.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:33 pm

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

3 first rounders is a lot but to say the Redskins overpaid remains to be seen. RG3 is the real deal in that he is an olympic level athlete, has good arm strength, excellent accuracy (even with the deep ball), book smart (academic all american), football smart (often would hit his 3rd or 4th option in the spread), great teammate, and saavy with the media. If he turns out to be a top 8 quarterback, he'll be worth every draft pick. Additionally, the Redskins have cap room to fill voids through free agency.

The most important position in professional team sports is the hockey goalie. A hot goalie can get you a long ways to a Cup regardless how average the team in front of him is. The 2nd most important position used to be a dominant pitcher (see Johnson & Schilling). However, with the rule changes in the NFL and the subsequent shift in strategy, Quarterback is becoming the 2nd most important position in professional sports, particularly a cerebral one that can read and anticipate defenses.

To be clear I'm not a Redskin fan---far from it. But I like to follow players and I hope RG3 does well. OBTW his major is in Political Science. Dont' be surprised if down  the road (after his football career) he doesn't have an impact on the political scene.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:32 pm

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

2 1st round picks....maybe.   3 1st round picks.....overpaid.  And the 2nd round pick to go with it is another potential starter.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:31 pm

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

This is GREAT news for this Browns fan. This hopefully clears the way for us to draft Justin Blackmon. I think RG3 will be good, but we need so much more. I truly believe Colt McCoy is a serviceable QB, we just need some weapons. And If McCoy doesn't cut it, we can go after maybe Matt Barkeley next year or maybe Tannehill w our late 1st round pick, or early 2nd. WE NEED BLACKMON!!

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:31 pm

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

It's all Good.  Skins finally get a franchise QB and with 40MM to spend, they can surround him qith quality players.  Vincent Jackson is next, then some O-line, DB help, and re-sign London.  Playoffs this year isn't unrealistic and continued greatness for 10 years.  Go Skins!!Smile

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:31 pm

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

Wow.  Rams hit the lottery.  Snyder being Snyder.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:30 pm

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

Unbelieveable trade for the Rams, thats why the redskins will always suck as long as Snyder owns them. RG3 was a good college qb. but not worth the future of your franchise. Stupid. Rams may turn into a dynasty if they have 2 1rs round picks for the next 3 years...

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