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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  • april walker

    I hear ya..sounds like Rams got us cause we did so bad last year and Rans have #2 pick. I’m with you though, we won’t know for sure for couple more years, even though I’m still tad upset with QB, still I’d take him over what I’ve seen drafted since him. They say it’s better to have more picks, if true and Rams trade down to get more, guess by tht, maybe they got us but I’m gonna stick with ya..we will see for sure soon enough..HTTR

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Right now, I’d rather have RGIII, but there’s still a chance the Rams will trade down from this number two pick also, or maybe get Clowney if the Texans don’t take him. So we’ll re-evaluate after this final draft is over.

  • Harry Hasswhol

    the rams robbed washington and everyone who isnt a redskin bootlicker knows it. i think rg3 has the worst winning pct of the qbs drafted in that season and his so called wonderful rookie season…..he was basically .500. 9-7, as he lost the playoff game and one start during the reg season was actually a win by cousins. you could even argue the win against the ravens was actually cousins too as they were losing when he came in. other qbs in that class have done more. seattle and philly have thier pro bowl caliber qbs and they only invested a third round pick. the redskins invested the WORLD and they still dont even know what they actually have. another typical disastrous snyder era decision

    • Maurice Barksdale

      You say the Rams robbed the Redskins, but what exactly do they have to show for it? The Redskins have a division title, but the Reams have had two straight losing seasons. And I’d rather have RGIII at quarterback than Sam Bradford. The Rams still don’t know what they have in him yet either. Another mediocre season from Bradford and the Rams will be looking for a new QB.

      And even with the RGIII trade, there’s no guarantee the Rams will become a playoff team this season. However, I think the Redskins have a better chance at winning the NFC East this season than the Rams have at making the playoffs.