Redskins Acquire No. 2 Pick In 2012 NFL Draft From Rams

The Redskins are now picking second in the 2012 NFL draft. Washington sent multiple picks to the Rams in order to move up.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Top 2 Picks Set As Free Agency Looms

The St. Louis Rams traded their second pick to the Washington Redskins, clarifying things at the top of the 2012 NFL draft. But what happens after the top two picks?

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Redskins, Rams Confirm NFL Draft Trade

Reports surfaced on Friday night that the Washington Redskins had made a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 overall pick. And by Saturday afternoon the teams were confirming the news. It won't actually become official until Tuesday when the new league year begins but both sides have acknowledged that a trade has been agreed upon.

The Redskins confirmed it with this statement:

"In order to execute each of our club's plans for free agency and the upcoming draft, we have agreed to a trade between our two teams for the second pick in the 2012 draft. We will submit this trade to the NFL for approval."

That's a mundane statement but the ramifications of this trade are huge. Washington is now in position to acquire Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 quarterback on the board. It's been reported for a while now that Mike Shanahan and the Redskins like RG3 and this trade confirms it.

The Rams have also confirmed the trade to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Rams, please visit Turf Show Times. For updates and perspective on the Washington Redskins, head over to Hogs Haven. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Mocking the Draft.

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Redskins-Rams Trade Splits Fan Opinions

The Washington Redskins sent their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, two future first-round picks and another draft pick to the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 overall pick, otherwise known as the Robert Griffin III pick. The trade can't become official until the new league year starts on Tuesday.

This is a major, major move with serious cost involved for the Redskins. SB Nation's Kevin Ewoldt writes on Hogs Haven that the Redskins have given up too much in the trade. I can agree with him in that it does seem like a lot. But if RG3 turns into a perennial Pro Bowler, those extra first round picks will be forgotten quickly. The quarterback is by far the hardest piece of the puzzle to acquire, and the Redskins may have done that here. If RG3 is the real deal, adding talent to the team becomes much easier down the road.

That said, it's a hefty price and not all Redskins fans agree with it. In fact, they're about split. In a poll over at Hogs Haven with more than 1,500 voters, 53 percent of voters agree that it was the right move and 47 percent say it was the wrong move.

Rams fans, on the other hand, love the move. Over at Turf Show times, 90 percent of more than 1,400 voters call it an "excellent" move.

Time will tell, but in the end I think Washington had to make this move. If the Redskins don't make it, someone else trades into the Rams spot and selects RG3, the Browns potentially end up taking Ryan Tannehill at the fourth pick and the Skins would then be in serious trouble at the quarterback position. Giving $60+ million to Matt Flynn would be an option, and I don't think they want to do that. Given the options, I can agree with the decision to move up.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Rams, please visit Turf Show Times. For updates and perspective on the Washington Redskins, head over to Hogs Haven. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Mocking the Draft.

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Redskins' Draft Trade With Rams Leaves Browns Out In The Cold

The Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams reportedly agreed to a trade in the 2012 NFL draft next month. The Redskins will give up their No. 6 overall pick, two future first-round picks and a second-round pick in exchange for the Rams' No. 2 overall pick and, presumably, the rights to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is widely considered the second best quarterback prospect behind Stanford's Andrew Luck.

The package is huge -- three first-round picks are involved. But if RG3 turns into a star, few will remember how much the Skins spent on him.


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This does bring up an interesting situation in Cleveland. The Browns held the No. 4 overall pick so you'd think they would have had a better shot at this trade than Washington, whose pick was sixth. Cleveland reportedly hopped into the trade talks at the last minute but couldn't get anything. So the Browns, who have already said they're not in the Peyton Manning chase, won't be getting either of the top two quarterback prospects, which leaves them with the option of picking Ryan Tannehill. No offense to Ryan Tannehill, but it's hard to go from Manning to RG3 to Tannehill.

The Browns stil have Colt McCoy on the roster, so maybe they're sticking with him next season. Yet you can't help but feel the Browns came out of this as losers. Two teams willing to make bolder choices (and, to be fair to Cleveland, perhaps they're the wrong choices) are going to have the excitement of a franchise quarterback.

Give Browns fans credit. Over at SB Nation's Dawgs By Nature, they appear to be responding rationally, noting that Washington gave up quite a bit to make this move.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Rams, please visit Turf Show Times. For updates and perspective on the Washington Redskins, head over to Hogs Haven. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Mocking the Draft.

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Redskins' Trade For Rams' No. 2 Pick Won't Change Plans To Lure Peyton Manning, According To Report

One would assume the Washington Redskins just swapped first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft with the St. Louis Rams, in addition to sending two future first-round picks and a second, in an effort to draft Robert Griffin III. The Heisman winner from Baylor is a can't miss prospect, even if the bounty to trade into position to draft him was hefty. But that doesn't mean the Redskins are done yet.

No, Washington still has its eyes on the prize, according to Adam Schefter.

Perhaps the Redskins just traded up to draft Matt Khalil. In all seriousness, if Washington actually has the means to sign Manning to a big contract and draft Griffin III, more power to them. Washington could, in theory, have Manning in the immediate and Griffin in the future, or perhaps one fun quarterback competition.

The odds of this happening, however, seem incredibly unlikely. But dream for a moment, Redskins fans.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Rams, please visit Turf Show Times. For updates and perspective on the Washington Redskins, head over to Hogs Haven. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Draft 2012: Redskins Trade With Rams For No. 2 Overall Pick, According To Report

The St. Louis Rams hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 Draft, but many analysts suspected there would be many teams itching to trade with them for the spot in order to ensure themselves the ability to pick former Baylor Bears quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. The Cleveland Browns were long considered the front-runners to make such a trade, but it appears another team was possibly willing to give up more.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Rams have agreed to trade their first-round draft selection slot to the Washington Redskins. The two teams will exchange draft picks in the first round this year and the Rams will get two future No. 1 picks, as well as additional picks.

Adam Schefter of ESPN followed up on Facebook, reporting that the Rams will receive three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick from Washington.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Rams, please visit Turf Show Times. For updates and perspective on the Washington Redskins, head over to Hogs Haven. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Draft 2012: Rams Could Trade No. 2 Pick Sooner Rather Than Later

The St. Louis Rams are widely expected to trade the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Colts will likely take Andrew Luck No. 1, which means next-best quarterback prospect Robert Griffin III will be available with the second pick. The Redskins are said to be interested in the pick and other teams in the top 10 like the Browns and Dolphins have been connected, as well.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports via multiple sources that the Rams could trade the pick much sooner than April's draft, perhaps as soon as March when free agency opens.

That makes a lot of sense, especially if the Rams are trying to maximize their leverage. Once free agency starts, Matt Flynn and Peyton Manning will be signed, which would leave two fewer teams looking for quarterbacks. Simple supply and demand tells us the price tag on the second pick should drop after those two guys are signed, because fewer teams will be looking for a quarterback. Then again, you could find the desperate team that missed out on Flynn and Manning and hike up the price. It's hard to predict how teams will react during draft season.

I think the best time to do it would be shortly after free agency starts, as teams weigh their options with Flynn or Manning versus the prospects of trading up with St. Louis to get RG3.

Rams COO Kevin Demoff told SI's Peter King recently that there are several periods in which the pick could be traded -- right as free agency starts, before Manning and Flynn sign; around Baylor's pro day in March, when the RG3 hype will pick up again; right before the NFL draft in April.

The trade rumors surrounding that No. 2 pick are out of control this year. I don't remember a situation in which we saw so much trade talk floating around in February and early March. The Rams really should push to get the pick traded in the next few weeks and be done with it.

For more on the Rams and the 2012 NFL draft, visit SB Nation's Rams blog, Turf Show Times. And for St. Louis sports, check out SB Nation St. Louis.

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Robert Griffin III, NFL Draft 2012: Redskins Ready To Move Up, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have apparently identified Robert Griffin III as the player they want in the 2012 NFL Draft and, according to the Washington Post, are willing to part with two first-round picks, as well as other picks, in order to get him. With Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck projected to go No. 1, the St. Louis Rams likely control the fate of Griffin and they've expressed a willingness to trade out of the position for a haul similar to the one the San Diego Chargers netted in 2004.

The Redskins are reportedly prepared to send their No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, next year's first-round pick and assorted other picks to St. Louis for the chance to pick Griffin.

Acquiring the pick may not be that simple, though. The Cleveland Browns have two first-round picks in this year's Draft, including the No. 4 overall pick, and are reportedly interested in trading up as well.

Whoever gets Griffin will be getting a player that would probably go No. 1 many years. He recently clocked a 4.41 40 time and finished off his college career by throwing for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Mocking the Draft considers him the No. 5 overall prospect, but almost every mock draft has him going at No. 2.

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NFL Draft 2012: Rams Make It Clear No. 2 Pick Is For Sale

The St. Louis Rams are making it well known that they're prepared to trade the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Common sense tells us they would be, considering Robert Griffin III lit it up at the NFL Combine over the weekend, making that second pick even more valuable.

Head coach Jeff Fisher indicated his team would be willing to trade the second pick and COO Kevin Demoff, who spoke to Peter King over the weekend, indicated the same.

"The whole paradigm has changed in several ways,'' said Rams COO Kevin Demoff 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.''

Demoff told King there were a few dates to watch when it comes to potentially trading the pick. The first is shortly before free agency hits on March 13, the second is around Baylor's pro day when Griffin III likely impresses again, and the third is shortly before the NFL draft in April.

The Rams don't have to do much to make the No. 2 pick even more attractive. RG3 did that for them over the weekend.

For more on the Rams, visit SB Nation's Turf Show Times.

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