With the selection of Greg Robinson on Thursday, the final piece of the 2012 pre-draft blockbuster trade has been accounted for. In the end, the St. Louis Rams received eight players and the Washington Redskins received just one. On the surface it would easy to say St. Louis won this deal, but looking closer, the Redskins are the real winners of the RG3 trade.
The original deal: Washington gave up three first round picks (2012, 2013 and 2014) and a 2nd round pick in 2012. Through various trades over the last three drafts, St. Louis ended up with an absolute haul.
Without the trade specifics, here is what the Rams ended up with: Greg Robinson, Alec Ogletree, Stedman Baily, Zac Stacy, Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Paed and Rokevious Watkins.
The Redskins ended up with Robert Griffin III.
That’s a one heck of a package right there, but the NFL has become a pass happy, quarterback geared league and after all those picks and all the trades, the fact is the St. Louis Rams still do not have a quarterback who can be considered elite. The Redskins do as long as Robert Griffin III stays healthy.
Let’s say he is healthy and will return to form of his rookie year. If that is the case, the Redskins made out better. Even taking into consideration the craziness of last year, I would still prefer RGIII over 2/3 of the league’s quarterbacks.
This is not an article intended to bash Sam Bradford. I think Bradford will go down as one of the more notable “what if’s” in most recent drafts, as in, “what if the guy could just stay healthy”. But he hasn’t and I am not sure his body is equipped to handle the type of hits it will take week in and week out.
Now to be clear, the St. Louis Rams made exceptional picks and are well on their way to competing in the best division in football. The pieces they acquired will keep them in every game and give them every opportunity to steadily improve, but you will not win in today’s NFL without an elite QB and RGIII is that elite player.