Gomer “Underbite” Pyle once had a saying: “sur-PRAHZE, sur-PRAHZE, sur-PRAHZE!”
The Washington Redskins have shipped THREE – count ‘em one, two, three – FIRST round picks plus this year’s second to the St. Louis Rams for their 2nd overall selection in this year’s NFL draft. The ‘Skins gave up their 2012, 2013, AND 2014 first-round picks. Yes, you read that right. The next time the Redskins have an organic first-round pick, candidates and pundits will be gearing up to talk about the Presidential election. No no no not THIS one. The NEXT one.
Okay, we know Robert Griffin III has all the good things a rookie Michael Vick had, plus some, and none of the bad. Griffin is extremely bright and football-savvy; Vick relied on his scrambling/running and his cannon arm to force throws early in his career so the Redskins are very likely getting today’s version of Michael Vick, only younger.
But at what cost? In a previous article (or several, as it’s not a secret), I mentioned how Dan Snyder has a history of opening the checkbook for a player he wants. Now, he’s opened the draft pick trade pages. They will not be drafting any college player in the first round who was a redshirt sophomore or above last season other than RG3. That is a LOT of top talent the ‘skins will miss out on, and they wait for the 3rd round this season. Does this really help them?
On the one hand, yes, it does. Griffin’s mobility will be his lifeline behind the Onion-skin offensive line, and he has very limited talent to catch OR run the ball, although Roy Helu showed some nice potential in limited action last season. They are going to be under a microscope not being able to draft any HELP for RG3 up high for the next 3 drafts so any help will have to come from the 2nd round. While there will be some wonderful NFL starting-caliber players available, the top talent will be, as always, stripped in the first round.
My opinion? RG3 very well could be the “next” Cam Newton. He’ll have a top-tier Head Coach in Mike “Overbite” Shanahan, so he’ll be well-schooled in the ways of the NFL. Nobody can do it all alone, though, and the Redskins need at LEAST 3 new OL, 2 WRs (Split End and slot, depending on formations), and need more quality and depth at RB, and that’s just the offense. I expect the Redskins to draft heavily on offense to maximize the potential of their biggest investment in their history, and heavy on the offensive linemen so their new toy doesn’t get broken. Thank goodness Shannie got them that LT in 2010′s first round, so that’s at least SOMETHING.
More to come I’m sure. This story has just begun, and with Peyton Manning touring Denver over the weekend, the Broncos will look to sign HIM before he can get out of town and visit Arizona and then Miami.
The dominoes have begun falling.