Mar 10, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT
The Eagles created a minor stir when Baylor’s Robert Griffin III revealed the team interviewed him at the Scouting Combine. The Redskins moved heaven and earth to become the team that will actually draft the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in April.
Washington agreed to a swap with the St. Louis Rams late Friday night for the number two pick in the draft, dashing whatever faint hopes Eagles fans had of their club moving up for RG3, and ensuring the coveted duel threat will be playing in the NFC East for years to come.
The Redskins, who reportedly had already been spurned by Peyton Manning’s camp, exchanged the sixth overall pick this season, as well as two future first rounders — PLUS additional selections. It is all but guaranteed they will use the pick on Griffin.
On one hand, many believe Griffin could be an All Pro for years to come, the type of player who could restore credibility to a Redskins franchise that has resided in the basement for the better part of two decades. However, as usual, the cost of doing business was prohibitive, and Washington’s roster is already lacking talent, particularly early draft picks largely from trading so many of them away.
There’s no denying the Skins need a QB though, and besides the Browns, they had the best position to make this type of splash. Sad to see Griffin fall into the hands of a rival, but the NFC East just got a whole lot more interesting.
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