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Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:22 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:10 am
The RG3 sweepstakes gains momentum after the combine. (Getty Images, US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The NFL Draft is two months off, but this much is certain: some team in desperate need of a franchise quarterback will trade up to the No. 2 spot and take Robert Griffin III, which was confirmed by NFL Insider Pat Kirwan. This is great news for the Rams, who currently own the second pick. While St. Louis has its own franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, they have plenty of other needs.

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On Friday,'s Mike Freeman wrote about Griffin's future, noting that "League sources maintain at least three teams are strongly considering moving up in a blockbuster deal with the Rams to snag Griffin. Those teams, sources say, include Washington, Miami and Seattle. Team officials also say Cleveland has interest in trading up, though not as much as other teams." 

Freeman added that "It will likely take two No. 1 picks (at least) to make that trade, and the reason is some teams view Griffin as similarly talented as Luck or such a close facsimile in terms of potential that the difference isn't a great one."

RG3 had a nice showing at the combine and in Peter King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column he writes that "The Rams will drive a hard bargain. Cleveland (fourth overall pick), Washington (sixth) and Miami (eighth) will be in the derby to move up; Seattle (12) and a couple of mystery teams could be, too. Add the fact that the money involved (four years, about $22 million) is likely to be less than the money paid to the top (current) free agent Matt Flynn, and the market for Griffin will be hopping."

That last point can't be emphasized enough. Right or wrong, Flynn's getting paid, just like Kevin Kolb did last year. If teams truly are sold on RG3's potential, then the new CBA means that trading up, by itself, isn't cost prohibitive -- although that could change based on the Rams' asking price. (ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Monday night that the Rams could get a deal similar to what the Chargers got for Eli Manning in 2004: two first-rounders, a third-rounder, and a fifth-rounder.)

A possible monkey wrench for teams not located in DC: the Redskins have a history of overpaying for talent, although they've been much better about it in recent years. Still, we liken owner Daniel Snyder's approach to player personnel to that of a prospective homebuyer who waives the home inspection and offers $40,000 over asking. It's a no-holds barred approach that ultimately doesn't work -- in real estate or for the 'Skins.

But the heart wants what the heart wants. And if Snyder is convinced that RG3 is the answer in Washington, we wouldn't be surprised if he had a roster-building relapse. Other potential suitors would be priced out of the bidding, which is great news for the Rams. Still, even if the 'Skins show restraint in the race for RG3, St. Louis should benefit.

"The whole paradigm has changed in several ways,'' Rams COO Kevin Demoff told King Saturday night. "Griffin could be cheaper than Flynn. The fact that you can get a potential franchise quarterback for what the top picks are paid now makes it easier to justify trading a lot for it.''

And fear not, RG3 sweepstakes losers.'s Pete Prisco tweets an important point:

For teams that might rush to trade up to No. 2 to get Griffin, just remember Matt Barkley and other QBs will be in next year's draft.
2/27/12 5:59 PM

The problem, of course, is that there's no guarantee that those quarterback-needy teams in range of RG3 this offseason will have similar opportunities to draft Barkley a year from now. That risk has to be weighed against the cost of getting Griffin now, as well as exploring other options, like trying to sign Flynn.

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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:16 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

RG3 makes every throw looks easy. He can throw on the run, outside the pocket, etc...and his feet are always set once he let go of the football. Not to mention this dude can run. He has all the instincts of a great QB imo. It's a matter of descipline and the fact that his mom is always in the stand to keep him grounded tells me this guy will be a steal cause he should be #1 imo. The game vs. OU this past season defined his talent as a QB. He made OU defense look like the Houston Cougars Def.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:16 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

I think you'll find a significantly larger percentage of black QBs have made it to a Superbowl compared to white QBs.

After Starr(5), Tarkenton(3), Bradshaw(4), Montana(4), Simms(3), Kelly(4), Young(3), Aikman(4), Esiason(3), McMahon(3), Manning(2), Manning(2), and Brady(5).. I must be missing a ton of black qb's and there must have been 50 more superbowls played than i recall for this statement to be true.. 

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:41 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

The Browns can offer the best deal for the Rams - #4 and #22 this year - if they really want RG3. The Rams would obviously much rather have picks this year than future picks. The Redskins for example would have to give up 3-4 early picks over the next 2 drafts including #6 this year.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:40 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

"RGIII will be a bust."

Really?  'Cause to me he plays like Tim Tebow with the added ability to throw the ball.  I'd take him.

Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:24 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Kenwoody...i think u mean:

They dont die...they mulitply.

Not "multiple" - that has zero flow lol 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:16 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

These posts are silly.  Obviously, noone's been paying attention to league news, or even the article above itself!  RGIII is cheaper than Matt Flynn, and wide receivers are set to fall on most teams draft boards.  The heading in the article is "Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick."  That means management, ownership, and the coaches will keep Bradford, and build around him.  Good call, as he's demonstrated proficiency at the pro level.  If this is all wishful thinking, then so be it, but St. Louis sports fans can forget about RGIII taking the field in Blue and Gold anytime soon.  Whoever gets Manning is out of the conversation.  Then we'll see what's what. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:14 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Buffalo needs to trade up if not for a quarterback then anyone on defense.
I do think that the Bills need a better QB, but Fitzpatrick played good but need to cut down on his interception. On Defense the Bills could use a good pass rusher,  the Bills top 2 pass rusher was Kelsay and Dareus who had 5 sacks each. Also the Bills need to improve their defense an lot

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:08 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Weeden and the Cowboys outscored RG3 and Baylor by over 90 pts in 3 games( it was 42-0 at half before we put in our 2nd team).  Weeden showed up Luck on the Big Game Stage.  Weeden outperformed Tannehill.  

Baylor vs OSU

Weeden:  58-78 for 709 yds, 6tds, and 0 interceptions

RG3:  37 rush att for 54 yrds; 1 touchdown & 3 interceptions

Throw away the age issue and realize who the better quarterback is:

Weeden perfect vs. all the "top 3" QB's

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:01 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Concur, spiffy1, you're right on pay dirt. The first notion to be clarified is "trading for two #1 picks". The Rams would only trade down and receive one additional #1 pick, not two picks. A trade would have to involve the Rams receiving three #1 picks in order for the Rams to increase by two additional #1 selections. The previous Rams ownership, particularly team leadership, was wed to Bradford but the present owner and management should be directed toward greatness, not for "good enough". The Rams indeed should test the RGIII market for an overwhelming offer. The Rams should nevertheless take RGIII and trade Bradford if an overwhelming offer is not received. The Rams should strive for greatness and RGIII has greatness written all over him.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:59 pm

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Please Miami.. we have not had a QB or a prayer in years... we need this.

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