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How does the RGIII trade grade out now that all the picks have been cashed in?




When the Rams selected Greg Robinson #2 overall in the 2014 draft, the window was officially closed on the blockbuster 2012 RGIII trade. A lot of Turf Show Timers were wondering if the Rams were going to trade down that pick to see if we could keep the ball rolling with either another first rounder for next year or additional day 2 picks to take advantage of the depth in the 2014 draft. Now that the pick was made we can collectively look back at the trade to see who actually won out.

This debate was a topic on ESPN this morning. I tried to go to the website to get a link to the video to include it on this post. I don't know if it is the ESPN website that keeps us from being able to do that or if I am just not as technically advanced as the rest of you. But if you missed it on TV this morning, go to ESPN.com and look up "RGIII Trade Winner?". A 5 man panel discussed the trade and it seemed like they went both ways. Some say that the Rams added a lot of depth to the team as a result, some say the Redskins got a solid QB that led them to the playoffs and the Rams are still stuck with Sam Bradford. At the end, there was a poll on Twitter and 73% of the viewers say the Rams got the better end of the deal and 27% say the Redskins won. Personally, I think it's a slam dunk that the Rams won out. One of these two teams is going to have to rise out of the ashes and start making some playoff appearances on a consistent basis if we are going to come to an ultimate decision about it.

When the Rams initially made the trade and started to trade down to compile more picks in 2012, I started to wonder if the trade would eventually be able to equal the immensity of the Herschel Walker trade in 1989 between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. Les Snead and Jeff Fisher worked the draft board by trading down and trading up the past three years and now that all the picks are in we can take a good look at the haul from the RGIII trade and compare it to the Herschel Walker trade.

The Hershel Walker trade between the Cowboys and Vikings happened in 1989. The Minnesota Vikings received the following from Dallas:
RB Herschel Walker
Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1990 (54) (Mike Jones)
San Diego's 5th round pick - 1990 (116) (Reggie Thornton)
Dallas's 10th round pick - 1990 (249) (Pat Newman)
Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1991 (68) (Jake Reed)


The Dallas Cowboys received the following from the Minnesota Vikings:
LB Jesse Solomon
LB David Howard
CB Isaac Holt (was still on 1992 Super Bowl roster)
RB Darrin Nelson (traded to San Diego after he refused to report to Dallas)
DE Alex Stewart
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1990 (21) (traded this pick along with pick (81) for pick (17) from Pittsburgh to draft Emmitt Smith)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1990 (47) (Alexander Wright)
Minnesota's 6th round pick in 1990 (158) (traded to New Orleans, who drafted James Williams)
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1991 (conditional) - (12) (Alvin Harper)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 (conditional) - (38) (Dixon Edwards)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1992 (conditional) - (37) (Darren Woodson)
Minnesota's 3rd round pick in 1992 (conditional) - (71) (traded to New England, who drafted Kevin Turner)
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1993 (conditional) - (13) (traded to Philadelphia Eagles, and then to the Houston Oilers, who drafted Brad Hopkins)

Jimmy Johnson used draft capital to make trades with other teams around the NFL. They traded a 1991 first rounder and second rounder to N.E. for the #1 overall to take Russell Maryland. As we all know, this trade directly led to the Cowboys becoming somewhat of a dynasty in the early 90's. They won Super Bowls in 1992, 1993 and 1995. Considering that the trade happened in 1989, the Cowboys basically had a three year window to cash in on all the picks and possible trades that came about because of the windfall.

The following is a list of players that were drafted between 1990-1992 that were on the Super Bowl roster:
Emmitt Smith RB
Alvin Harper WR
Jimmy Smith WR
Erik Williams OT
Jimmie Jones DT
Russell Maryland DT
Dixon Edwards LB
Robert Jones LB
Godfry Myles LB
Kenneth Gant DB
Larry Brown CB
Kevin Smith DB
Robert Woodson DB
Clayton Holmes DB


Now, the RGIII Trade between the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins was similar in some ways and different in others. It was different in the fact that the trade only involved draft picks where the Vikings and Cowboys actually exchanged players as well as draft picks both ways. It was the same in the way that both teams wound up with a three year window of flexibility in the draft to move up and down the board to fill holes throughout the roster.

The Washington Redskins received St. Louis’ 2012 first round pick (#2 overall) and used it to draft Robert Griffin III.

The St. Louis Rams received:
Washingtons first round pick - 2012 (6) traded this pick with Dallas for a first round pick (14) (Michael Brockers) and a second round pick (45) which they traded again with Chicago for a second round pick (50) (Isaiah Pead) and a 5th round pick (150) (Rokevious Watkins)
Washington’s second round pick - 2012 (39) (Janoris Jenkins)
Washington’s first round pick - 2013 (22) which they traded down with Atlanta for a first round pick (30) (Alec Ogletree) and a 3rd round pick (92) (Stedman Bailey)
Washington’s 2014 first round pick (2) (Greg Robinson)

From 2012 to 2014 the Rams have added the following players to the roster through the draft:

Garrett Gilbert QB

Isaiah Pead RB

Darryl Richardson RB

Zac Stacy RB

Tre Mason RB

Brian Quick WR

Chris Givens WR

Tavon Austin WR

Stedman Bailey WR

Rokevious Watkins G (since released)

Barrett Jones C

Greg Robinson OT

Mitchell Van Dyk OT

Demetrius Rhaney C

Michael Sam DE

Michael Brockers DT

Aaron Donald DT

Alec Ogletree OLB

Janoris Jenkins CB

Trumaine Johnson CB

E.J. Gaines CB

Brandon McGee CB

T.J. McDonald S

Lamarcus Joyner DB

Maurice Alexander S

It's a lot of talent that needs to come together and gel as a team but it's safe to say that Jeff Fisher and Les Snead have built up the defense tremendously with this trade. It took the Cowboys three years after the trade to win a Super Bowl. Here's to hoping that the Rams can reap similar results and hoist the Lombardi Trophy in the very near future.

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