Much of the talk surrounding the Washington Redskins’ chances of landing Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has touched on the team’s ability to move up from No. 6 to No. 2 overall in the NFL draft to select the Heisman Trophy winner.
But if the St. Louis Rams opt to hold onto their second overall pick and take a player like USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said that his team is open to trading down from third overall to enable another team to take Griffin if he remained on the board.
“We’re definitely open to moving,” Spielman said while speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We have a lot of confidence in Christian Ponder and what he’s going to bring to our franchise.
“Three will be very interesting,” Spielman said of his team’s draft position. “I’m excited – not about being the three, because that means you didn’t do very well – but to take advantage of that opportunity at three will be huge to the success of our organization moving forward.”
The Redskins and Cleveland Browns are believed to have the most interest in moving up in the draft to get Griffin. Whether it’s the Rams or the Vikings that move down, the team that did so figures to flip-fop first-round picks with the team moving up, and also receive a second and possibly third or fourth-rounder, if not more. Such a move could help further expedite the rebuilding process for a struggling team like the Rams or Vikings.
Spielman said that he and his staff will interview both Andrew Luck and Griffin to do their “due diligence” despite their confidence in Ponder. But the general manager indicated that his team would likely move down rather than draft one of the two should they for some reason drop to No. 3 overall.
“With the change in the CBA, the financial commitment to those top five picks is not as significant as it was in the past,” Spielman said. “I think there will be a lot of potential movement, especially in those five depending on how those top two quarterbacks fall and who’s going to need quarterbacks. There could be a lot of movement in those first two or three spots.”