St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10). Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Would you rather have RGIII or the picks back?

I keep hearing some NFL analysts harping on the fact that the number two pick in the 2014 NFL Draft belongs to the St. Louis Rams because the Washington Redskins traded their first round pick this year for quarterback Robert Griffin III.  Some are insinuating that the Redskins somehow lost out on the number two pick by trading for RGIII.

As if to suggest that the Redskins made some huge blunder by making the trade.  But what did the Redskins really lose out on?  I’d say that if Robert Griffin III were coming out in this year’s draft he’d arguably be the number one pick.  Or if nothing else, the first quarterback taken.  I doubt most pundits would disagree with this.

Personally, I would much rather have a young and up coming franchise quarterback in place, than whatever the number two pick comes to.  But what about the other picks traded to the Rams?  The Rams managed to trade some of those picks for additional picks, but so far there’s nothing to suggest the Rams unequivocably got over on the Redskins.

Here’s what the Rams have acquired so far:

  • Michael Brockers, DT – Good up and coming defensive tackle.  Could emerge as a star.
  • Isaiah Pead, RB – Backup running back.  Has not impressed so far.
  • Rokevious Watkins, OT – Was cut from the team.
  • Janoris Jenkins, CB – Has developed into a good solid corner in the NFL.
  • Alec Ogletree, OLB – Had an outstanding rookie season, and may be a future star.
  • Stedman Bailey, WR – Backup receiver.  Had a disappointing rookie season.
  • Zac Stacy, RB – Has emerged as a solid running back after a good rookie season.
  • 2014 # 2 pick – Let’s say the Rams take OT Greg Robinson with this pick.

Brockers, Jenkins, and Ogletree are very good high quality starters, and Stacy has potential, and I would assume Robinson will too or who ever the second pick is.  But would you give up Robert Griffin III in order to have that group as Redskins?  Considering the Rams still have uncertainty at quarterback with Sam Bradford, at this point I’d still take RGIII.

The Redskins won an NFC East title, got a home playoff game, and along with the 2012 rookie of the year, and one of the leagues most talked about players in RGIII.  But the real answer probably won’t be known for at least another few seasons, so we’ll have to speculate.  As the Rams could trade down and get even more picks.  But what do you think?

Would you rather have RGIII or the draft picks back?

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