Redskins’ post-bye turnaround significantly lowers position of 2013 draft pick owed to St. Louis

December 26, 2012

The Redskins once seemed destined to part with a top-10 pick in the 2013 draft as part of their trade for Robert Griffin III. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins are set to fork over a significantly lower 2013 first-round draft pick to the St. Louis Rams as part of the Robert Griffin III trade than it once seemed.

When the Redskins entered the bye week with a 3-6 record, only five teams owned worse records than did Washington, who seemed destined double-digit losses for a third straight season, and a top-10 pick. But seven weeks and six victories later, the Redskins own a better record than the majority of NFL teams and would pick much lower.

The Redskins’ 9-6 record is better than 19 other NFL teams. Another three teams (Minnesota, Chicago and Cincinnati) own identical numbers, but Washington owns tie-breakers over those three and ranks higher in the league standings and would thus have a lower draft pick.

When the Redskins pulled off the trade for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft back in April by agreeing to send their first-round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a second-round pick in 2012 and positioned themselves to take Griffin, team officials said the chance to get a franchise quarterback was well worth the price.

A number of Redskins players said at the time that if Griffin could make the impact that everyone believed he could, and if they could continue to improve in other areas, then the future picks wouldn’t be that high anyway.

Indeed, the Redskins will not have to fork over a top-10 pick in the coming draft. The one drawback is that their second-round pick will not be as high, either. But given the current run they are on, the chance to win their first division title since 1999 and make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, and the heroics Griffin has provided, it’s safe to say that no one within the organization has any buyer’s remorse.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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