Redskins Trade Up For The No 2 Pick

It looks like next month will be the beginning of the Robert Griffin III era in Washington as the Redskins traded three first-round picks to the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 pick in this years draft.

Washington gave the Rams their first- and second-round picks this year, plus first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. I

That is a huge price that the Redskins paid to move up four places, but they obviously feel that RG3 is their quarterback for the ten years. By making the move now, the ‘skins eliminates the risk of any other side putting together a better offer to the Rams and jumping ahead of them.

The trade has a trickle down effect as it means that Washington is out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, despite been strongly linked with the former Colts QB for months.

The fact that the Redskins had been so strongly linked with Manning illustrates the need they have for a top QB. In two seasons, Mike Shanahan has tried Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck under center; and they are a combined 11-21 in those two seasons.

In a division that is home to Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Tony Romo, Shannon knew that he needed a franchise QB in order to compete in the NFC East.

And now that they have their franchise QB locked up, expect the Redskins who have plenty of space under the salary cap to be very aggressive in plugging their holes when free agency begins on Tuesday.

As for the Rams this is a great deal. They already have their quarterback of the future in Sam Bradford and now new coach Jeff Fisher has three of the top 39 picks in April’s draft (6, 33, 39) to add some big play makers of both sides of the ball.

With quarterbacks going 1 and 2, the Rams will get the 4th best non-QB player in the draft, and that might well be Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

In a weak division, this trade might make the Rams playoff contenders next season.

What do you think of the trade? Did the Redskins give up too much for RG3?

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