December 7, 2014. The Washington Redskins played the Rams, a 24-0 victory for St. Louis. The same day Rams coach Jeff Fisher poked some fun at the Redskins, by using 6 players (acquired as the result of the RG3 trade) as captains for the pre-game coin toss.
The Rams again face the Redskins this Sunday. Jeff Fisher promised that the coin toss showpiece was a one-time affair. With Kirk Cousins now the Redskins’ starter (and RG3 riding the bench) it makes little sense to further rub salt in an open wound. Last years spectacle was a not-so-subtle statement about getting the better of the Robert Griffin III trade. No statement is necessary this year. The winner of the trade is abundantly clear.
The trade and subsequent transactions:
Since this will again be a big storyline this week, here’s a full breakdown of “the trade.” pic.twitter.com/fC6OmXHOoD
— Casey Pearce (@ccpearce) September 15, 2015
Players Acquired & Grading The Trade
The players acquired as a result of the RG3 trade:
|2012||Second||Janoris Jenkins||CB||North Alabama|
|2012||Fifth||Rokevious Watkins||OL||South Carolina|
|2013||Third||Stedman Bailey||WR||West Virginia|
Who won the trade, the Rams or the Redskins? After leading Washington to the playoffs in his rookie season, RG3 looked like the real deal. The Redskins appeared to be the early winner. Unfortunately for Griffin, the last two seasons have been marred by injuries and turmoil with the team. Griffin now finds himself mired behind Kirk Cousins on the depth chart. Cousins will get the start against the Rams this Sunday.
The Rams parlayed the draft picks acquired in the initial trade into 8 selections spread out over three drafts (2012-2014). 4 of the selections are starters on the Rams’ current 53-man roster: Greg Robinson, Alec Ogletree, Janoris Jenkins and Michael Brockers. All four have the potential to earn All-Pro/Pro Bowl honors. Stedman Bailey is a solid contributor with untapped upside. He runs the best routes and has the softest hands of any wide receiver on the team. Isaiah Pead has been a disappointment and may become a roster casualty when Trey Watts returns from his 4-game suspension. Zac Stacy was traded for a 7th round draft choice in 2015. Watkins is no longer with the team.
Grade for Washington: C
Grade for St. Louis: A
The 2012 NFL Draft
There’s an aspect of the trade that still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I might even get over it some day. It involved the 2012 NFL Draft, the first for Jeff Fisher and Les Snead with the Rams. One of the Rams’ major goals in this draft was to add the maximum amount of talent possible through the acquisition of additional picks. The Rams had targeted LB Bobby Wagner with their third pick in the second round of this draft. Brian Quick and Janoris Jenkins were the Rams’ earlier picks in the second round (at #33 and #39 respectively).
Wagner was still on the board when it came time for the Rams’ selection at #45. Instead of taking him, the Rams traded down to #50, acquiring a fifth round pick in the process. The Rams gambled on Wagner’s availability at #50. He wasn’t available at #50. The Seattle Seahawks selected him with the #47 pick. To compound the error, the Rams then selected RB Isaiah Pead at #50 (passing on LB Lavonte David) and OG Rokevious Watkins in the fifth round. Both Watkins and Pead are certified busts. Wagner is among the best LB’s in the NFL. Like in the war movie “A Bridge Too Far”, the Rams went one trade-down too far in the 2012 NFL Draft.