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Rams deal Greg Robinson,Authentic Taywan Taylor Jersey, Redskins unofficially win RGIII trade
The Rams finally parted ways with offensive lineman Greg Robinson, trading him to the hurting Lions on Thursday.
The 2014 No. 2 overall pick was a bust for St. Louis/Los Angeles. Robinson's move also provided another reminder the Rams somehow lost their mega 2012 draft deal with the Redskins.
Washington no longer has quarterback Robert Griffin III, whom the Rams didn't want to take No. 2 overall five years ago. L.A., however is down to having only two of the eight players (defensive tackle Michael Brockers and linebacker Alec Ogletree) it was able to acquire from trading away its chance to take Griffin.
The Redskins got immediate results from RGIII. His dazzling work as offensive rookie of the year allowed them to win the NFC East in 2012.
Sure, that was his only Pro Bowl season in the NFL. The Rams have a grand total of zero with all those players.
Sure, running backs Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy, Brockers has been a very good run stopper next to all-universe beast Aaron Donald. Ogletree was a second-team All-Pro last season. But then there was Robinson, fellow offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins and wide receiver Steadman Bailey.
That's a limited return for such a haul. And the bottom line is the Rams still haven't made the playoffs or even had a winning record since. And despite drafting Jared Goff No. 1 overall last year, the Titans are sitting on the verge of the postseason in 2017 with young offensive studs Jack Conklin,Delanie Walker Jersey, are still figuring out what to do at quarterback. And they had to trade a lot to get Goff. And thanks to the Rams,Authentic Corey Davis Jersey, Corey Davis and Derrick Henry — all picked from that deal.
Would things have gone differently for St. Louis and RGIII if they were a draft match? We'll never know. There's a real chance with the Rams' offensive cluelessness and without Mike Shanahan,Authentic Adoree' Jackson Jersey, Griffin flames out immediately instead after one glorious season.
Then coach Jeff Fisher wasn't high on RGIII due to concerns about his durability, which quickly became an issue in Washington. But don't forget the Redskins also knew this in the 2012 draft.
The Redskins could afford the risk to trade up. They still ended up with nine picks. They had the foresight to take both Kirk Cousins (fourth round) and Alfred Morris (sixth round) as different kinds of support for Griffin.
The real failure with the Rams' side of the deal was the fact none of those eight players were quarterbacks. Between passing on RGIII and taking Goff, 2014) and current shaky backup Sean Mannon (third round, the only quarterbacks they took were Garrett Gilbert (sixth round, 2015).
The Rams needed to take one in 2012, it was understandable to take cornerback Trumaine Johnson 10 picks ahead of Russell Wilson in the third round. But what should really hurt in retrospect was taking wide receiver Chris Givens later in that round, when the Redskins got two. Looking back, only six spots in front of Cousins at No. 102.
It can't be brushed off that the Redskins' doubling down with Cousins behind RGIII led to another division title and playoff berth in 2015. The Rams ignored the most important position in a strong starters class for it.
In the end,Authentic Delanie Walker Jerseyhh,Authentic DeMarco Murray Jersey, just Brockers and Ogletree alone might seem like a "win" for the Rams. But Robinson's bust at the same high selection as Griffin two years later can't be ignored. Neither can the big picture. The Redskins were better off loving Griffin once than not at all.
It's nice the Rams ended up with a loaded defense,DeMarco Murray Jersey,Corey Davis Jersey,Adoree' Jackson Jersey,Taywan Taylor Jersey, when you include Jenkins did for a while before moving on for bigger money with the Giants, but winning games counts most. Washington clearly got the better end of executing the RGIII plan.