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Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:22 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:10 am
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The RG3 sweepstakes gains momentum after the combine. (Getty Images, US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The NFL Draft is two months off, but this much is certain: some team in desperate need of a franchise quarterback will trade up to the No. 2 spot and take Robert Griffin III, which was confirmed by CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan. This is great news for the Rams, who currently own the second pick. While St. Louis has its own franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, they have plenty of other needs.

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On Friday, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote about Griffin's future, noting that "League sources maintain at least three teams are strongly considering moving up in a blockbuster deal with the Rams to snag Griffin. Those teams, sources say, include Washington, Miami and Seattle. Team officials also say Cleveland has interest in trading up, though not as much as other teams." 

Freeman added that "It will likely take two No. 1 picks (at least) to make that trade, and the reason is some teams view Griffin as similarly talented as Luck or such a close facsimile in terms of potential that the difference isn't a great one."

RG3 had a nice showing at the combine and in Peter King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column he writes that "The Rams will drive a hard bargain. Cleveland (fourth overall pick), Washington (sixth) and Miami (eighth) will be in the derby to move up; Seattle (12) and a couple of mystery teams could be, too. Add the fact that the money involved (four years, about $22 million) is likely to be less than the money paid to the top (current) free agent Matt Flynn, and the market for Griffin will be hopping."

That last point can't be emphasized enough. Right or wrong, Flynn's getting paid, just like Kevin Kolb did last year. If teams truly are sold on RG3's potential, then the new CBA means that trading up, by itself, isn't cost prohibitive -- although that could change based on the Rams' asking price. (ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Monday night that the Rams could get a deal similar to what the Chargers got for Eli Manning in 2004: two first-rounders, a third-rounder, and a fifth-rounder.)

A possible monkey wrench for teams not located in DC: the Redskins have a history of overpaying for talent, although they've been much better about it in recent years. Still, we liken owner Daniel Snyder's approach to player personnel to that of a prospective homebuyer who waives the home inspection and offers $40,000 over asking. It's a no-holds barred approach that ultimately doesn't work -- in real estate or for the 'Skins.

But the heart wants what the heart wants. And if Snyder is convinced that RG3 is the answer in Washington, we wouldn't be surprised if he had a roster-building relapse. Other potential suitors would be priced out of the bidding, which is great news for the Rams. Still, even if the 'Skins show restraint in the race for RG3, St. Louis should benefit.

"The whole paradigm has changed in several ways,'' Rams COO Kevin Demoff told King Saturday night. "Griffin could be cheaper than Flynn. The fact that you can get a potential franchise quarterback for what the top picks are paid now makes it easier to justify trading a lot for it.''

And fear not, RG3 sweepstakes losers. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco tweets an important point:

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For teams that might rush to trade up to No. 2 to get Griffin, just remember Matt Barkley and other QBs will be in next year's draft.
2/27/12 5:59 PM

The problem, of course, is that there's no guarantee that those quarterback-needy teams in range of RG3 this offseason will have similar opportunities to draft Barkley a year from now. That risk has to be weighed against the cost of getting Griffin now, as well as exploring other options, like trying to sign Flynn.

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Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Example: Cam Newton! Cam Newton will be a flop,Cam Newton will be a flop,Cam Newton will be a flop!
      
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p;  Cam Newton will go in the 1st rd of next years FB draft!



Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

One thing to keep in mind is that the Redskins have a TON of cap space - one of the most of any team in the league (Congrats to Bruce Allen).  They don't have to hoard draft picks this year as they can use their cap space for certain free agents...and thus, those draft picks can be used on the position that is currently sparse in both the draft and free agency and is their greatest need (QB)...They will throw a lot of draft picks at St. Louis and then use their cap space to sign free agents at specific need areas such as WR, CB and OL.  They also have shown recently that they will no longer overpay free agents and also sign guys who fit the "system".  Remember, they had 12 draft picks last year and 11 of them made the team and 10 of them started at one point...Jarvis Jenkins being the one that didn't start due to a season-ending injury in the pre-season (but he looked amazing prior to that).  The 'Skins can afford to resort to a free agency / trade draft pick strategy for this year when it makes sense as long as they don't do that every year...which is what they had been doing for 10 years prior to last.  I think the Redskins, for better or for worse, are going to get that #2 pick.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Who cares about what any of those teams do!  I am a Steeler since 1974 and guess what, we have a franchise QB and a great franchise.  All these teams trying to find a pot of gold in one player are silly.  The RAMS so called drafted a franchise QB, how is that working out?  Wakeup people, none of the mentioned franchises will be not relevent for the next 10-15 years.  Go Steelers.Cool
Got to say that the Steeler's future does not look great. The Steelers have gone away from the model that kept them good for so long, letting free agents go and bringing in guys in the draft to replace them. Now the Steelers are good, not great, and they are old with few young up and coming players, especially on defense. Enjoy your run while it lasts.



Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Only time will tell how good RG3 is a flop or not, but i seriously doubt him being a flop. All the Cam Newton doubters are eating crow and probably saying the same about RG3, hoping their predictions come to fruition THIS time!



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:20 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Even though you have a Reputation rating of 32- on the CBSSports.com dumb, nobody knows what it means rating chart-- with a score of 89 on your post- which is completely useless on this, the worst sports website of all time- but, on which, I only stay due to the fact that they have all of my 23 year Fantasy Football league history.. and have to endure the most idiotic writers in the US- who have to QUOTE and RELY upon REAL reporters like Peter King in order to complete their stories --   

But, I agree with you...RG 3 will be a big bust- more similar to Tim Couch or Akili Smith or David Carr or Joey Harrington...-moreso than Ryan Leaf. RG 3 is a good guy- so he won't be quite as bad as JaMarcus Russell-or Leaf... 



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

MPHSGRIZ cmon now, for real.  RG3 a flop, why would you say that?  Are you able to look into the future?  This guy is a good person, great athlete and he comes from good stock, but you say he will be a flopped.  I am always amazed at the ignorance that is shown on the web today.  People hide behind nick names and spill their guts out.  No he may not be the greatest ever, but a flop, well they say ignorance is bliss, you must love the clouds in your head!  Wink



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

you have no idea about what your talking about. RGIII has been putting up those numbers since he stepped on campus as a freshmane at Baylor. people started jumping on his band wagon after his acl tear but he was electric before that and andrew luck is no shoe in as the greatest qb since elway. he has his flaws in that weak arm and that no so tight spiral. Passing windows in the NFL are small and and close fast. dont discredit rgIII because he is athletic and can run, people said the same crap about cam newton and uh uhm, rookie of the year



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

Who cares about what any of those teams do!  I am a Steeler since 1974 and guess what, we have a franchise QB and a great franchise.  All these teams trying to find a pot of gold in one player are silly.  The RAMS so called drafted a franchise QB, how is that working out?  Wakeup people, none of the mentioned franchises will be not relevent for the next 10-15 years.  Go Steelers.Cool



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Rams will deal No. 2 overall pick

RGIII will be a bust.  Remember the media raving about Ryan Leaf even saying he was better than Peyton?  Remember a quarterback named Akili Smith that became a #2 pick by draft day. I could go on and on with examples of those that made astonomical rises up the draft board to flop. RGIII had one good college year and now is being run up the flag pole as possibly being even better than Luck.  He will be a flop.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:04 pm
 

BROWN'S NEED RG3

I am a season ticket holder for the Brown's and my family has owned tickets since the 1964 season! I am from Cleveland and am a diehard fan! Sure I love the Cavs and Indians as well, but this city is a Brown's city through and through! This town and team needs a superstar, a Lebron if you will! Could RG3 be that star, who knows, but if you never take those chances, you never will find out! We need excitement to fill the seats at that stadium with the fans I remember from the 80's. Fans that are completly passionate and willing to sit through cold, and snowy afternoon to see maybe their francise QB throwing touchdowns against the hated Steelers! We need change! We need good football, that we can be proud of! This is a hardworking town full of hard working fans, they diserve and the city diserves a winner. It is about time to make this trade and get this kid and start him day one like Carolinia did with Cam Newton. GO BROWNS, CLEVELAND FOR LIFE!


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