Redskins pay a hefty price for RG3

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    The Washington Redskins have now acquired the number two pick from the St Louis Rams, for the outlay of the number six pick, their first rounders in 2013 and 2014, plus this year’s second rounder.

    This is a king’s ransom that the Redskins have paid for a lord level player.

    Bruce Allen, the General Manager of the Redskins, defended the trade saying “We understand it was a heavy price but when you bought your home you probably wanted to pay a little less too. But you like your home once you live in it”

    I think he unwittingly hit the nail on the head. After all the ‘Skins represent the capital of a nation that, for the past five years, has seen first-hand what happens when you over-commit your income to over-pay for an asset such as a house: mass destruction of wealth and economic conditions not seen since the depression.

    And that’s exactly what they’ve done here: waded into a hot market and over paid to the detriment of future generations of ‘Skin’s supporters.

    For starters let’s look at what they’ve bought in Robert Griffin III (RG3). Prior to the end of the season I couldn’t find a draft board that had him in their top five, let alone worth three first round picks. And many boards had him graded behind Landry Jones or Matt Barkley as a signal caller.

    Kudos to Cameron Larkin, who was the first pundit I saw putting RG3 as a second pick, which I thought was insane at the time.

    All the attention has zeroed in on Griffin for two reason.

    The first is that there is rarity value. Without Barkley and Landry this year’s quarterback class is relatively thin so some may make the argument that scarcity increases his value.

    It’s hard to argue, though, that the scarcity would exist all the way through 2013 and 2014, when the Rams will be picking up marquee talents with the forgone Redskin picks.

    The second is that it is inevitable with a prospect like Andrew Luck – who has been talked up for two years – we now feel the need to find a counter point to examine all his flaws in minute detail.

    For this Robert Griffin is the perfect foil, a supreme athlete at the position, rather than the pure pocket passer, and with an arm more suited to going deep than the short and intermediate game in which he has shown middling accuracy and touch.

    He is the exact player to point to and say “Luck can’t do that!” Unfortunately that would gloss over the fact that he also isn’t the player Luck is.

    So yes, he’s a great prospect and potentially worth the second pick (though I remain dubious), but he’s not a can’t-miss-mortgage-your-future-to-get-a-chance-at-him prospect… which is how the Redskins have priced him.

    Which brings me to my second concern. While the Skins will be able to play in free agency, where of course they have a chequered history of spending big money for middling results, they really need a major overhaul of the roster to compete in a potentially tough division. But now they will miss out on adding three more quality prospects over the next three years.

    The revival of Alex Smith proves to even the strongest of doubters the power of the team. Moreover it proves that a good coach, having the right players around you and having a good system around you is just as important as your own personal talent.

    And now RG3 will be expected to succeed without the luxury of high draft choices, that have aided many other young quarterbacks.

    I wonder when the foreclosure sale will go up for this Skins team.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • March 13th 2012 @ 7:45am
      Jachi Mogo said | March 13th 2012 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      Wow, so much hate. I have every reason to believe that RG3 will be a better pick in the long run than your Andrew Luck. Don’t even get me started on those two other QB’s coming out next year. Those guys are at best Mark Sanchez clones!

      • March 13th 2012 @ 1:54pm
        mushi said | March 13th 2012 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

        If you mean hate for the decision of the Skins then yes if you mean RG3 then I need to refresh my definition of hate.

        I don’t think he’s worth 3 first round picks and second round pick before taking a single snap in the pros?

        He’s got enough small issues that need development or working around that mean is far from a safe bet to make the leap to the pros. That doesn’t mean he can’t but the price they are paying is for a sure fire pro bowler not an undersized rookie who needs work on his accuracy and has already have knee surgery. Too many top prospects at the QB position have bombed out to not approach the position with some caution.

        Not sure how you can say you have every reason to believe he’ll be the better player over Luck. There are plenty of reasons why luck was regarded as the prospect of a generation.

        Now RG3 may well end up being better as his athleticism is something that sets him apart but team’s weren’t “sucking for RG3” this year as the likelihood is that all of Lcuk’s advantages mean that he won’t (oh and nobody thought he was that good prior to the end of the year.

    • March 13th 2012 @ 8:25am
      Fivehole said | March 13th 2012 @ 8:25am | ! Report

      I see where you are coming from. Look at Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. I don’t think he has the potential of RGIII. But having AJ Green to throw at definitely helps make the team more effective. RGIII wont get the same quality around him unless it is through free agency.

    • March 14th 2012 @ 9:00am
      B.A Sports said | March 14th 2012 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      Well done to St Louis Rams management. There were a few suiters for that pick but everyone knows Snyder over pays all the time and it seems they have milked him pretty well. Now the Rams can build some o/line protection for Bradofrd and some recievers.

      Speaking of receivers who is RG 3 going to throw to? Good thing he has a running game.

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