Sunday, December 30, 2012

Did The Trade Happy Rams Give It All Away In The 2012 NFL Draft?

Draft day trades are always interesting.  Teams try to improve their position, maneuvering their way higher in the draft so they can snag the next superstar.  But in 2012, the St. Louis Rams seem to have been a little trade happy, giving away the number 2 pick overall and a lot more.  With RG3 a candidate for rookie of the year, the question is did the Rams give away too much?

Here are the details of all the trades the Rams conducted involving the 2012 draft starting with the biggest trade.

St. Louis traded their first round selection in 2012 (2nd overall) to Washington for the Redskins' first round selections in 2012 (6th overall), 2013, 2014 and second round selection in 2012 (39th overall.)

St. Louis then traded the first round selection they acquired from Washington (6th overall) to Dallas for the Cowboys’ first round (14th overall) and second round (45th overall) 2012 selections.

Then the Rams took the second round selection (45th overall) they obtained from the Cowboys and traded it to the Bears for Chicago’s second round (50th overall) and fifth round (150th overall) selections.

As a side note, the Rams also had to give their 5th round (137th overall) selection to Denver as part of the Rams 2011 trade with the Broncos to acquire Brandon Lloyd.  Lloyd played for the Rams in 2011.  He became a free agent in 2012 and signed with the New England Patriots.

So here are the results of the 2012 draft.

What the Rams gave up –
#2 - Robert Griffin III (RG3) to the Redskins
#6 - Morris Claiborne to the Cowboys
#45 – Alshon Jeffery to the Bears
#137 – Malik Jackson to the Broncos

What the Rams got in exchange -
#14 – Michael Brockers
#39 – Janoris Jenkins
#50 – Isaiah Pead
#150 – Rokevious Watkins
Washington’s 1st round pick in 2013 – TBD
Washington’s 1st round pick in 2014 – TBD
Brandon Lloyd for the 2011 NFL season

So what do you think?  Did the Rams give it all away or do you think it will balance out in the future?


  1. We can't possibly know for a couple years how the Rams did. Having said that, the Rams had a lot of holes. So more draft picks is better than less for a team like that. Jenkins is the probable defensive rookie of the year. They still have 2 more 1st round picks coming. They could very well come ahead.

  2. And really, the Rams didn't give up the #6 and #45. They traded for them, then traded them away, so the net effect is they never had them. They really obtained all those picks for the #2.