2012 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Have Hit a Home Run

Tyler EmkenContributor IIIMarch 10, 2012

Washington's pursuit of this man may help build a great Rams team for the future.
Washington's pursuit of this man may help build a great Rams team for the future.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

According to sources at ESPN, the Rams have traded their No. 2 draft pick to the Washington Redskins for three, that's right, three, first-round draft picks. What's this? They're also throwing a second-rounder into the mix as well. It looks like Washington is desperate to get Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

If you are a Rams fan, you should be throwing a party this weekend to celebrate. Unless Griffin turns out to be a super-duper star, this could be one of the most lopsided trades in league history.

Simply put, first-year general manager Les Snead just crushed one out of the park. The Rams already have their franchise guy at quarterback with Sam Bradford, but have little to surround him with. Now St. Louis has the sixth, 33rd and 39th overall picks in this year's draft as well as first rounders in the 2013 and 2014 drafts.

Make no mistake, St. Louis needs these picks. The Rams are a team that have no weapons to pass to, a questionable offensive line and a thin secondary. In a passing league, this puts St. Louis in a compromising position on both sides of the ball. 

The only way that this could fail for the Rams is if RGIII ends up being an absolutely transcendent quarterback that should have taken for themselves. I guess they could also draft a whole pile of busts with these picks, but that seems unlikely.   

This move gives the Rams a chance to reload for the future. Even if they do not draft players with these picks, they give the Rams trading collateral. They have the ability to wheel and deal and get exactly the players they want, including Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon, who has long been connected to the Rams in mock drafts.

As for the Redskins? Well, that is a topic for a separate piece.