It's the type of move that can change a franchise.
On March 10, the St. Louis Rams agreed to trade the second pick in the NFL draft to the Washington Redskins, a deal that was done at the time with the idea that Robert Griffin III was the consensus No. 2 player in the draft. No matter that the Indianapolis Colts, holder of the top selection, might now consider taking "RGIII" over Andrew Luck with the top pick. The pick still had value to the Browns with two franchise-saving quarterbacks available in this draft; with the Rams set at the position, the move now lets them enhance their team.
St. Louis obtained from Washington the No. 6 pick in the draft along with the Redskins' second-round pick this year. In addition, the Rams now hold the Redskins' first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
"It reminds me a bit of the Dallas Cowboys when they traded [Herschel] Walker and remade their team," one league executive told Yahoo! Sports.
"The Rams underachieved last year and were better than their record indicated. Now that they can upgrade with some very real talent in this draft, they should be a playoff team again. And quickly."
The allusion to the Walker trade is an interesting one. Made in 1989 between the Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, the deal had Walker and a free throw-in from Dallas as the centerpiece, heading to the MetroDome. In return, the Cowboys received five players and eight draft picks. These picks became the core of three Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1990's, including Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper and Darren Woodson.Read More »from Rams ready to enjoy their ‘Herschel Walker moment’