2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Redskins Trade Up for RG3 Shakes Up Entire Draft

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2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Redskins Trade Up for RG3 Shakes Up Entire Draft
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After projecting that in Mock Drafts 1.0 and 2.0 that the Washington Redskins would successfully execute a trade up to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, I mixed things up in Mock Draft 3.0, projecting that the Cleveland Browns would be able to execute the trade with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 overall selection, given that they were in higher draft position.

That said, I had originally projected the Redskins to make the move over the Browns because they have the more desperate need at quarterback of the two teams. Redskins owner Dan Snyder is known for making aggressive trades to get the players he wants, and I knew it was a possibility that the Redskins would offer a package that the Rams could not refuse.

That is exactly what the Redskins did, agreeing to trade the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the No. 37 pick in the draft and their 2013 and 2014 first-round draft picks in exchange for only the Rams’ No. 2 overall selection. Unsurprisingly, the Rams pounced upon that offer, and the Redskins are now in position to acquire the franchise quarterback they need.

While Griffin was going to be the No. 2 overall pick whether it was to the Browns or the Redskins, the trade shakes up how the rest of the first round plays out. Therefore, with a big trade at the top of the draft, there is reason for Mock Draft 4.0 to be released prior to Tuesday’s start of free agency.

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