Robert Griffin III and Julio Jones trades set back the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons

The RG3 & Julio effect

11/26/13 in NFL   |   senshockey16   |   1 respect

Nov 25, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsThe NFL has come to the point where you can not be reliant on paying free agents and you must build your team through the draft in order to be successful. Everyone knows the most important factor to win in the NFL starts with the play of your quarterback and that determines the status of coaches & front offices. You only go as far as your QB takes you, but at what cost? The Redskins traded up from #6 in the draft to take RG3 with the 2nd overall pick, while the Rams moved back 4 slots and assured themselves 2 1st round picks in each of the next 2 drafts plus an extra 2nd round pick in that 2012 draft.

Now we still can't judge this trade because the Redskins along with losing these picks got in trouble with cap issues and have been down some million dollars each of the last 2 seasons adding on to their already struggling team. This year the main excuse for the Skins is that they have no talent well let's take a look at the talent the Rams added: After moving down to 6, the Rams again traded out of the selection to the Cowboys who so desperately wanted Mo Claiborne (which hasn't proven too much so far) and received the 14th overall pick plus another 2nd round pick. The Rams finally stayed put and got Michael Brockers whom they wanted all along and filled a massive need for them at the time. Then in the 2nd round they're able to draft a WR (Brian Quick) with their own 2nd round pick, plus adding Janoris Jenkins & Isaiah Pead with the Redskins and Cowboys picks, respectively. All of these guys still on the Rams roster with Brockers & Jenkins starting and having depth at skill positions with Pead & Quick. If the Redskins don't make this trade they end up with Tannehill & Mitchell Schwartz (Who is doing an impressive job with the Browns) just in the 2012 draft alone.

Fast forward to the 2013 draft, the Rams are sitting in a position with 2 1st round picks and have the ammo to basically get whoever they want. Sitting at 16 they see Tavon Austin available at 8 and they want him so they move up to grab him and STILL have another 1st round pick. So pick #22 comes (from the Redskins) and they decide to move down 8 slots to recuperate the picks they gave away for Tavon and still get another stud in the 1st round with Alec Ogletree. Then continue to add TJ McDonald, Stedman Bailey and Zac Stacy all because of the ammo the received for the RG3 trade.

Let's add this up....So far the Redskins have RG3. The Rams have Brockers, Janoris, Pead, Tavon, Ogletree, TJ McDonald, Stedman Bailey & Zac Stacy...Would you do that trade? Oh and the Rams STILL have another Redskins 1st round pick to use in a loaded 2014 class while the Redskins are still stuck waiting until Day 2 of the draft. If the Redskins had their 2013 1st round pick they could've drafted Desmond Trufant with the 22nd pick allowing them to spend their 2nd round pick on DJ Swearinger or Arthur Brown to help that miserable defense or maybe an olineman to help protect Tannehill (who they would've gotten had they not traded up for RG3). 

So the result of the trade is RG3 & David Amerson, without the trade they have Ryan Tannehill, Mitchell Schwartz, Desmond Trufant, and Swearinger/Brown/Oline or they could've used it to move back and acquire more picks who knows what would've happened. One thing I do know is the Redskins would be a hell of a lot more talented with the latter. Would they have made the playoffs last year with Tannehill? Who knows they could have.

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a one handed catch behind New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Jets defeated the Falcons 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsI'm not going nearly into detail about the Julio trade all you need to know the Browns old regime was a joke wasting the picks on Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Greg Little & Phil Taylor (the 3rd round pick they traded to the Chiefs to move up to get Taylor got the Chiefs Justin Houston, you might of heard of him). However, clearly the lack of depth the Falcons have has led them to a putrid season and they now have massive holes to fill going forward. 

From the looks of it, these trades have set the Redskins and Falcons back rather than propel them to the top, it must be awesome to have a QB like RG3 or a dynamic playmaker like Julio but was it worth everything they gave up? I don't think so.

Beyond all of that though the main point is teams like the 49ers, Seahawks, Patriots, Broncos are so successful because not only are the starters drafted and developed through their systems, but the talent level of every body on the roster is greater than the talent of other team's rosters. 
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