The St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins have agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade.
The Rams will send their #2 overall pick to the Redskins in return for the ‘Skins #6 overall pick, their 2013 and 2014 1st rounders as well as their 2nd round pick in this years draft.
According to Adam Schefter, the the trade can not be approved until the new league year starts on Tuesday at 4 P.M. EST.
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to take former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the #1 overall pick. Bet your house that the ‘Skins will be taking Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, Robert Griffin III, at #2 overall.
Griffin III had a tremendous season at Baylor last year. He threw for 4,293 yards with a 72.4% completion percentage and 37 touchdowns to go along with a measly six interceptions. Oh, and he ran for 699 yards and ten touchdowns.
Griffin III is a tremendous talent; however, Owner Dan Snyder and the ‘Skins are taking a huge gamble. Trading a bevy of future picks will make it difficult to build a roster around RG III.
Jabar Gaffney led Washington in receiving last season with 947 yards and five touchdowns. Hardly enough to help a rookie adapt to the rigors of the NFL. But, that’s the irony high draft picks face: coming into terrible situations.
They also carry a mediocre duo of running backs in the form of Roy Helu Jr. and Tim Hightower.
We all saw Cam Newton succeed in Carolina. However, he had Steve Smith and the Panthers still went 6-10.
Now, what do the Rams do?
I am no draft guru. I pay no attention to the combine and I have no idea who the Rams should draft. But I do know what they should draft: the best available player.
Teams such as the Giants, Packers, 49ers and Ravens can afford to draft for need. The Rams do not have that luxury.
The 2011 Rams had more holes than Nater Lucas’ basketball game.
They ranked 30th in passing yards, 23rd in rushing yards and 31st in rushing yards allowed per game. The Rams had starters that might not have made other teams practice squads (see Brady Poppinga).
The point is they need anything and everything.
Whether it’s WR Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State or OT Matt Kalil from USC, they need to draft who ever is highest on their draft board.
In one off-season the Rams have added head coach Jeff Fisher and five 1st round draft picks over the next three years.
Yes, I am drinking the Kool-Aid (once again).