The St. Louis Rams made it known that they're willing to deal their second overall pick earlier this month. Teams lacking a franchise-level quarterback, like the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns, took notice. On Friday Washington struck a deal, sending three first round picks over the next three years, including a second-round pick this year, in exchange for St. Louis' second-overall selection for the rights to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (at least everyone with a functioning brain thinks so) during the 2012 NFL Draft in late April.
To be honest if the Bengals were in Washington's shoes, giving away three first-round selections and a second-round pick this year for the rights to draft a single player, my reaction would be mixed. Sure. You're addressing a major need, despite the fact that through the workout showcases in front of scouts along with single-word descriptions from analysts praising Griffin, there's no certainty that he'll be successful in the NFL. In the meantime you're giving up three potential starters (second-round pick this year, first round picks in 2013 and 2014). But then say he does perform as advertised, taking the Redskins to new heights. Then it's obviously the right move.
In the meantime the Cleveland Browns, who were supposedly interested in Griffin and wanting to deal with the Rams for the second overall selection, were late to the party.
Before Redskins-Rams deal, Browns tried to make last-minute push to make trade for second overall pick. By then, too late.
Washington Redskins fans were divided in a poll asking if they agreed with the trade. St. Louis Rams were less divided, with nearly 90 percent of over 1,600 voters calling it an excellent move. Some Browns fans at Dawgs by Nature are upset, but knowing now the cost to move up in the draft to acquire the rights to select quarterback Robert Griffin III, they're a little more accepting.