Robert Griffin III: Welcome to the Washington Redskins

Vandie BarnardContributor IIIMarch 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor looks on during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As we all know by now, the Washington Redskins have acquired the St. Louis Rams' 2nd overall pick in this years draft.

If there is any doubt as to whom that pick will be, I'll help you out: it is Robert Griffin III (assuming the Indianapolis Colts draft Andrew Luck). I think I speak for a starving fanbase: Griffin, we welcome you to the nation's capital.

Now, with the acquisition of the pick, it could be said that the Redskins gave up too much by giving up their 1st and 2nd this year, and their 2013 and 2014 1st-round pick.

That may possibly be the case. The Skins did give up a lot of picks. There will always be the chatter that the franchise gave up way too much to take a risk on a draft pick.

Well sure, if you want to take the chance of being in the same position you're in now, a perennial team picking in the top five year in and year out, then don't take the chance.

The Redskins could not afford another suffering season through Rex Grossman or John Beck as the quarterback, and Mike Shanahan definitely does not have that luxury.

We will not know how this trade will pan out until a few years down the road, but if you have the chance to get your franchise quarterback, you go after him.

The cost is never too high to draft a franchise guy. You do not pass up the opportunity for your future. The organization felt they found their guy, and they pulled the trigger. RG3 is a great talent and if he lives up to the expectations, the Redskins will be just fine.

Breaking it all down, the Redskins essentially swapped this year's pick with the Rams, and gave up two future 1st rounders and this years 2nd. The Giants made a similar trade in the 2004 draft for Eli Manning, I think that worked out pretty well for them.

RG3 will bring instant life and rejuvenation to this proud franchise and give the fanbase hope for now and the future.

Let's also remember that the Redskins have plenty of cap space to spend in order to improve the roster in free agency. The future is now for the Redskins, and with it comes a new sense of energy and hope.