On Friday, the Washington Redskins acquired the Number 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft from the St. Louis Rams, but was it really worth it? Or I should say is he really worth it? The Redskins are almost certainly going to take Robert Griffin III with this pick, and I am not so sure that he is worth everything that the Redskins had to give up to get him.
The Rams will receive the Redskins 6th overall pick and also the 39th pick in this year’s draft, along with the the Redskins’ first round picks in 2013 and 2014. That’s a lot. For a comparison, in 2004 the New York Giants traded their 5th overall pick and 3rd round draft pick, as well as their 1st and 5th round picks in 2005 to the San Diego Chargers for the 1st overall pick in 2004. The Giants selected Eli Manning with that pick, and Manning turned out to be a franchise quarterback. But the big difference in this situation is that the Redskins gave up an additional first rounder. That is three or four potential starters that the team is giving up. I think that the price they paid is way too high for what RG3 will be in the pros. I can not question his ability though. Griffin is a freak of an athlete, and he can do things on the field that maybe only Mike Vick can do. In fact, Griffin placed 3rd in the 400 meter hurdles at NCAA Track and Field Championships as a freshman. He stopped running track after his freshman year due to football, but that just shows his athleticism and that he is not just limited to the 40 yard dash.
I said that the Rams should wait until the Colts drafted Luck to officially trade their pick, but I don’t blame them for taking this trade. They are taking 3 first round picks from the Redskins, and by the way the Redskins have been playing those picks will turn into top picks in the draft. The Rams made the best out of this situation, and I don’t think that they were going to get a better deal than this one. St. Louis needs a lot of help, and this is exactly what this trade will do for them. They can draft Justin Blackmon with that 6th overall pick that they just got, and now they can get two solid players with their two early second round picks. This team will keep growing with 2 first round picks in the next two years as well, and if Sam Bradford can develop into a good quarterback this is going to be a scary team in the NFL.
I can’t blame the Redskins for making this trade either though. They really want Griffin, and they want to make sure that they get him. Yes, they did give up a lot of draft picks to get him, but they need to make bold decisions as a franchise that has not won the NFC East since 1999. And their quarterbacks last season were Rex Grossman and Jon Beck! If that doesn’t compel a team to make drastic decisions I don’t know what will. If they think that Griffin is going to be a great NFL quarterback, than they made a good trade. Everyone knows about his superior physical attributes, but Griffin has intelligence, which is important for an NFL quarterback to succeed. Griffin graduated high school a semester early to go to Baylor, and then he graduated from Baylor in three years with a GPA of 3.67 and a major in Political Science. The NFL is much different than college, so it is always tough to predict if top prospects will do well. But there is always the the Rule of 26-27-60. I think Griffin will do well enough on his Wonderlic Test that he will pass this rule, but I don’t know if he can ever be a great NFL quarterback. I would consider Michael Vick a good quarterback, but he hasn’t won anything yet, so I can’t consider him a great quarterback. Vick and Griffin are not the same player, but Vick is the best comparison due to his speed and high draft selection.
Years from now we will analyze this trade just like everyone is looking back and laughing at the Chargers for being the losers in the trade with the Giants. I expect us to be wondering, “Why did the Redskins give up so much for that guy?” I’m not saying that Griffin is going to be bad, but I think the Redskins organization could have improved the team more if it kept all of its picks.