The Redskins pulled the trigger last night on a deal with the St. Louis Rams to acquire the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Why? That is the easy part. The Redskins are securing the pick that will ensure Baylor University’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The hard part to swallow. It will cost the redskins two future first round selections.
The Rams will get the number 6 overall pick, dropping back from number 2 overall, and the Redskins second round selection this year. Plus Washington’s first round picks in 2013, and 2014.
The good news for the Redskins is that they still will have 6 picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014 drafts to go along with the franchise quarterback they take at the number 2 in April.
Obviously the 3 total first round picks is eye popping to get one player. No one can deny that.
As a Redskins fan, I love this move. Offensively, with Griffin in the mix and probably another playmaker on the way through the draft or free agency, this team will be in the hunt for a playoff birth immediately. The defense led by OLB Brian Orakpo, is already in the top half in the NFL. Ryan Kerrigan was a standout last season, and Jarvis Jenkins will be fully recovered from his ACL tear, who will be a huge force on the D-Line.
Losing LaRon Landry to free agency doesn’t bother me. I’d rather have a guy back there who can consistently make a tackle when necessary, not just an occasional highlight reel hit. With the pressure the Redskins will be able to apply up front, it will automatically improve the secondary play.
For the first time in a very long time. There is much to look forward to with Washington Redskins football!