NFL Draft 2012: Washington Redskins Are Paying Too Steep a Price for RGIII

Tyler Emken@tylerkemkenContributor IIIMarch 10, 2012

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 29:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears rushes in the first half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 29, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma State defeated Baylor 59-24.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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ESPN is reporting that the Washington Redskins have successfully acquired the second pick in the draft. The 'Skins traded away this year's first-round pick as well as 2013 and 2014's first-rounders to the St. Louis Rams. They have also thrown in a second-rounder from this year's draft into the mix.

Now, the Redskins have a clear shot at the quarterback that the Indianapolis Colts will not pick first overall. Unless something surprising happens between now and draft day, that man should be Robert Griffin III.

Earlier today, I wrote about how well the Rams are positioned after this move. It might not end up as well for the Redskins. The Redskins are all in. If the charismatic quarterback from Baylor does not succeed, the Washington Redskins will go down with him.

Part of me loves this move. The Redskins haven't had a franchise quarterback in 20 years. Griffin has the potential to be a big star in this league. Athletically, he is impressive and appears to be a class act off the field.

The Redskins could possibly be drafting a player who is not just great on the field, but also someone who can rack up endorsement deals and be a great ambassador for the league. Most importantly, he would be doing it all in a Washington Redskins uniform.

However, looking at the team's circumstances brings me back down to earth. This is not a team that is a quarterback away from success. Washington doesn't have a big playmaker to speak of. 

Defensively, they are an average unit at best. This is a roster that is depleted. They play in a division with the defending Super Bowl champs. The Eagles and Cowboys were not good teams last year, but personnel-wise are stronger than the Redskins are today.

The draft is not the only way to reload a depleted roster. If they get aggressive during free agency, the Redskins could grab a few good players to surround RGIII with. The team has some cap space and having a player like RGIII could attract some free agents to Washington. This is the Redskins we are talking about, though. Their recent history with free agents should not fill their fans with confidence.

If Griffin is great, none of this matters. If he is one of those rare players who makes everyone around him that much better, the deficiencies of the Redskins' roster won't mean too much.

That's a lot to ask of a rookie quarterback, though. He will need to perform immediately to silence people like myself who think this trade reeks of desperation.