The Redskins' big gamble

Even if RG3 becomes a star, trade with Rams leaves roster in rough shape

Originally Published: March 10, 2012
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders
Washington-BaylorPatrick Green/Icon SMIThe Redskins gave up a lot for the opportunity to draft Robert Griffin III.

After abandoning Jason Campbell, the Washington Redskins have spent the past two seasons wallowing in aging mediocrity at the quarterback position. After Saturday's deal with the St. Louis Rams, they no longer have to worry about that.

By our Lewin Forecast System, Robert Griffin III -- the likely pick at the position, barring an evaluation reversal from the Indianapolis Colts -- is one of the best quarterback prospects of the past 15 years. That doesn't make him a sure-fire NFL success, nor does it guarantee that he'll necessarily be one of the best in the league, but he's certainly a much safer bet than most QBs.

However, even if Griffin does develop into an elite QB, the price Washington had to pay for the opportunity to draft him makes this deal a risky one for the Redskins.

Rivers McCown

Football Outsiders
Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.