If there was any doubt about which division will be stand at the top during next year’s NFL season, a pre-draft blockbuster trade made the answer clear.
Jeff Fisher’s St. Louis Rams have already made a move – a major move. They have agreed to trade their second overall pick for three (repeat – three) Washington Redskins first round draft picks and a second round pick, according to a source close to the deal. This deal will not be able to become official until Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. CT.
In this deal, one of the picks the Rams will receive comes from this year’s draft (6th) and the other two first round draft picks will come in 2013 and 2014. The second round pick will come from this year’s draft, too.
The Rams made a good deal with this trade. Already having a solid starting quarterback and running back, they don’t need an Andrew Luck or a Robert Griffin. By trading away their #2 pick, they will be able to draft quality players to fill up many positions for Fisher’s new team. Fisher will have a lot to work with in his first year in St. Louis.
As many expect to happen, the Indianapolis Colts will most likely take Andrew Luck with the first pick. (If not, Peyton Manning will be one upset football player.) With this drafting, the Redskins’ new pick becomes very clear.
What a move for this Redskins organization. Even though they seemingly gave up way too much for this one player, I think it’s worth it.
This team has been unable to establish a face for the franchise since Mark Rypien took this team to Super Bowl XXVI and won it all the way back in 1991. Since then, there have been an array of quarterbacks, coaches and big-time signings that didn’t pan out.
They have ended up with a losing record in seven of their last 10 seasons, but have been just close enough to .500 to be unable to get a high lottery pick – similar to the Dallas Cowboys, in fact, without the embarrassing late-season losses. This has also played a factor in the Redskins’ inability to establish a franchise player.
Drafting Robert Griffin III will change all of this. Jerseys will sell off the shelves. Catchphrases will instantly be created. The sports world will actually care about the team.
This will not only give the Redskins revenue and national attention, but I believe a competitive season.
Griffin brings more than simply highlight plays – he brings a high level of football intelligence. That’s what separates him from other quarterbacks that have had his type of strong arm and quick feet. Throw him in with any type of talent, and I have no doubt he will pick up a win or two on his own.
The only problem Griffin will have going against him is that he has to play in the hardest division in the league. No doubt.
The Giants will obviously be dangerous coming off their championship. As long as Eli Manning is under the helm during the fourth quarter of any game, that team can’t be counted out.
Even though the Cowboys have been a hard team to figure out, with Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and DeMarco Murray on the field at the same time, anything can happen with that team – for bad or for worse.
Starting off to a slow start to the 2011 season, the Eagles finished off their season strong, winning their final four games. I have a gut feeling that this is the year for that squad to break out and have a dominant season.
With all of this competition in the NFC East, Griffin needs to remain patient when he arrives in Washington. He could possibly provide his new team with a winning season, but I’m skeptical with these three teams he will be facing two times each. No matter whether or not the Redskins win more than eight games this year, they will finally have a player to represent their team. They will finally have a player to help them compete. They will finally have a player to make the SportCenter Top Ten. They will finally have a player to bring energy to FedEx Field.
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