With tomorrow comes our first on-the-field review of “The Trade”. Yes it’s not completed until the Rams make their first round selections in 2013 and 2014, but for quite awhile whenever you see Robert Griffin III on one sideline, and the blue helmets with the gold circular pattern on the other sideline, everyone will be reminded of The Trade.
To review, Old D.C., was able to replace one RG3 (Rex Grossman III) for a new and improved model in Robert Griffin III. In return, the Rams got the Redskins’ first round picks of 2012, 2013, and 2014, and the second round pick of this most recent draft. So far, you would have to say that this is one of those trades that in the end will help both teams out.
After only one game, it’s hard to deny the Redskins did get a very special weapon. He already has won three awards! Some may say that this is shortsighted, but great quarterbacks hardly hit the free agent market. If you want to win the big game in February, you better draft your quarterback. 21 of the last 28 Super Bowl winners were lead by a quarterback that was drafted by that team. As the Shield has become more of a passing league, the trend has only increased in recent years. Eight of the past nine Super Bowl winning quarterbacks were drafted by the team they lead to victory. To get a talent like RG3, is not something to be taken lightly.
On the other side of the field, the Rams have already seen their side of the trade pay off dividends. With the second round pick they received in the trade, the Rams drafted Janoris Jenkins. A first round talent who fell to the second round due to some off the field issues, Jenkins is already starting for the Rams. In his career opener, Jenkins had an interception on the road. Micheal Brockers, the gentleman the Rams selected in the first round this year, will be out until October, but should help the defensive line when he returns. Beyond that, the Rams have many holes that can be filled through the draft with those extra first round picks.
Although this story is far from being over, Sunday will be the first chapter on how The Trade will be measured between these two teams. So far, the fans for both teams should feel good.