Revisiting the Rams’ end of the trade that netted the Redskins Robert Griffin III

Fred Davis, Janoris Jenkins

St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins, here landing a shot on ex-Redskin Fred Davis, is one of five starters — so far — the Rams have added with picks from the Robert Griffin III trade. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

openingkicklogoIf you missed it over the weekend, Mark Maske revisited the 2012 trade between the Rams and Redskins that allowed Washigton to move from pick No. 6 overall in that draft to No. 2 and draft Robert Griffin III. As you’ll all recall, the price was that No. 6, a 2012 second-rounder, plus first-rounders in 2013 and ’14 for the No. 2 pick in 2012. This year’s first-round pick for Washington also turned out to be No. 2 overall, yet you hear very little consternation from fans about the price paid to get Griffin, or the player Washington could be drafting at that spot later this week.

Is that because having Griffin in your team’s jersey instead of someone else’s is such a comforting feeling as a fan, or because the difference between not having a franchise quarterback and having one makes it such a clear win that you don’t miss those picks? That’s for you to answer. But in case you hadn’t been keeping tabs on what St. Louis has done with the picks, here’s a chart that ran in the print editions with Maske’s story:

The Rams’ haul
Players the St. Louis Rams have drafted with the picks obtained from the Washington Redskins in the Robert Griffin III trade. Also mentioned below are players drafted by the Rams after they traded a few of the picks acquired from the Redskins.

2012 draft:
Michael Brockers, DT (Rd. 1): Has made 28 starts in two seasons and has totaled 9.5 sacks, 5.5 of them last season.
Janoris Jenkins, CB (Rd. 2): Has made 30 starts in two seasons and has totaled five interceptions, including four in 2012.
Isaiah Pead, RB (Rd. 2): Has made one start in two seasons and has totaled 75 rushing yards.
Rokevious Watkins, G (Rd. 5): Played one game as a rookie with the Rams and was waived. Played three games and made one start last season for the Chiefs.

2013 draft:
Alec Ogletree, LB (Rd. 1): Started all 16 games as a rookie and was credited with 117 tackles.
Stedman Bailey, WR (Rd. 3): Played in all 16 games, with two starts, last season and had 17 catches for 226 yards.
Zac Stacy*, RB (Rd. 5): Rushed for 973 yards in 14 games as a rookie, including 12 starts.

2014 draft:
The Rams have the second overall selection from the Redskins.

* The Rams used a sixth-round pick resulting from their maneuvering with the Redskins’ picks, plus a sixth-round choice of their own, to trade up for the fifth-round selection used on Stacy.

So that’s seven players plus this year’s draft pick — a minimum of eight players for the price of one. And although Watkins is already gone, five of the other six players are starters. So if they stay put and grab a Day 1 starter such as Greg Robinson at tackle, that’ll be six starters for the price of moving back four spots, and a sixth rounder. If Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t get taken No. 1 overall, the Rams already have a pair of stud defensive ends in Chris Long and Robert Quinn, which could mean they trade back again, turning this year’s No. 2 into several more players. And this haul doesn’t even include WR Tavon Austin, whoever goes 13th overall this season or anyone else St. Louis drafted with its own picks.

Then again, the counter argument to this all: Would you rather have Robert Griffin III or Sam Bradford at quarterback going forward?

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