Seattle Seahawks: The Potential Side Effects of the Redskins/Rams Draft Deal

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Seattle Seahawks: The Potential Side Effects of the Redskins/Rams Draft Deal
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On Friday, the Washington Redskins pulled the trigger on securing the No. 2 pick in this April's NFL draft.  By sending three first-round picks and a second-round selection to the St. Louis Rams, the Redskins have committed themselves to potentially drafting Robert Griffin III.

The news for some Seahawk fans had to be nothing short of disappointing, as the team's chances of drafting RG3 have now all but evaporated with this move.

Should the 'Hawks have made such a bold move?  Right now, it's hard to say, but hail to the Redskins for having the nerve to make such a deal.

So 'Hawks fans should now move on, right?

Wrong. 

Once the initial shock passed, a painful truth emerged over the course of this weekend.  The long-term ramifications of this deal might be even more damaging to the Seahawks whether or not RG3 ever wins a single game for the 'Skins. 

How so?

Suddenly the St. Louis Rams are poised for the next several years to control the NFL draft as Jeff Fisher, in his attempt to rebuild the Rams, gets to reload that much faster.  Imagine having the power to trade either up or down as necessary for two straight years?

If they cash in on these additional picks, this year's division doormat could quickly stock up and leapfrog not only the 'Hawks, but the rest of the division too.  In only a few seasons time, they could establish themselves as contenders for a considerable stretch yet to come. 

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Consider the fact that the Rams are currently the only team in the division with a young starting quarterback/building block in Sam Bradford.  Beyond that, there are lots of question marks all the way from Puget Sound, down the coast in San Francisco and straight out to the desert in Arizona.

Crazy to think that Alex Smith led the 49ers to the NFC championship game in 2011 but could be the odd man out next season.  Even crazier is the Cardinals this past weekend spending a good deal of time talking to Peyton Manning after trading for Kevin Kolb less than a year earlier. 

Say what you want about Jeff Fisher, but you have to like his chances moving forward in a division that looks to be up for grabs for the next several seasons.  Understand this isn't a foolproof plan as draft picks can certainly go bust, but the Rams now have more bullets than anyone else going into the fight at a pivotal moment.    

How can anyone claim with any certainty—or with a straight face—dominance in the division given the current state of things?

The next critical battle begins today.   

With a few free agent signings, the balance can shift for anyone, and the Seahawks may need to make a move at some point by either signing a big name like a Mario Williams or Matt Flynn to keep pace, cash in on some lesser known but potentially helpful cogs to fill critical gaps, or at the very least keep their homegrown talent like Red Bryant in Seattle.

The 'Hawks certainly have money, they just need to figure out how to spend it or risk being left behind.

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