Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trading For the Number 2 Pick

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As the April NFL draft fast approaches more and more people are claiming that quarterbacks Andrew Luck will go first overall (likely) and Robert Griffin III will go second overall (probably).

If the Redskins have any hope of drafting RG3, they should trade up into the number two spot of they want to get him. That means, they will need to make a trade with the Saint Louis Rams.

Let's speak hypothetically real quick...

The Redskins are the only team currently in the running for trading up to the number two spot. What does it take? In my opinion and looking at past trades, this years first AND second round pick and next years first and possibly second round pick.

It would for sure take at least three picks in order to move up. If the Redskins do make the trade, expect it to be this years first, this years second, and next years first.

Enough hypothetical talk...back to reality...

It has been reported numerous times that the Cleveland Browns are also interested in trading up for the number two pick. There is one big reason why we could possibly write this off: the Browns have invested too much in acquiring and grooming Colt McCoy.

They have too much time and money invested in developing this young quarterback. It would be a huge waste of time to not draft an offensive lineman to protect him with their first pick and then draft a tight end or running back with the 22 pick.

Back to hypothetical talk...

The Browns are extremely interested in acquiring the second round pick and drafting RG3 (Fact: they have stated that they will not give up the 22nd pick to move up...they will only give up the number four pick). That all bodes well for the Redskins except for one thing: Cleveland has the fourth pick.

Back to reality...

The fact that the Browns select two places before the Redskins is enough to make the Rams choose Cleveland over Washington. If this is the case and the Browns are going after the number two pick hard, here is the Redskins new offer: 2012 1st/2nd, 2013 1st/2nd, and maybe even throw in a player.

That is certainly quite a lot to give up for just one player. The fact of the matter is, if the Redskins want to select Robert Griffin III, they are going to have to move up to the number two position. Whether or not Cleveland is pursuing that pick is a totally different story that adds numerous dimensions to the equation.

The 2012 NFL Draft is not until April 26th at 8 P.M. In all honesty, I would not expect to see any type of deal between the Redskins and the Rams to be made until that night.