They say it takes at least three years to fairly evaluate a team’s draft class, or even an individual draft pick. So what then is the measuring stick for a blockbuster multi-player draft trade? Namely, the Rams trading the No. 2 overall pick to Washington 13 months ago in the so-called “RGIII trade.” One year after the fact, who got the best of it? “I think we did for sure,” Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said at the end of the 2012 season. “Just with all the picks that we have. What we’re going to be able to build. What we’ve already started to build here. I think this team is on the fast track.” And as Rams coach Jeff Fisher sees, not all of the precincts have even reported. “The trade is not complete yet,” Fisher said. “We still have a couple of years to take advantage of it.” That’s because the Rams still get a first-round pick from Washington this year — No. 22 overall — as well as the Redskins’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft as part of that trade. In March 2012, the Rams dealt their No. 2 overall pick to Washington, which used it to select dynamic Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. In exchange, the Rams received Washington’s No. 6 and No. 39 overall picks last year, plus the Redskins’ first-round pick in 2013 and in 2014. A couple of weeks after the trade, but still a month before the 2012 draft, Fisher called the deal a “perfect storm” because of the confluence of need and value. Several teams needed a quarterback entering that draft, and Griffin brought the value as an elite prospect. One the draft began, the Rams turned the two 2012 picks acquired from Washington into four players following additional trade-downs with Dallas and Chicago: defensive tackle Michael Brockers, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, running back Isaiah Pead and offensive guard Rokevious Watkins.
Rams cash in big on deal that let 'Skins pick RG III
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 8