The Washington Redskins set a new precedent Friday night when it comes to trades at the top of the NFL draft.
The ‘Skins sacrificed three first-round picks in order to move up four spots for the chance to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to FoxSports.com’s Jay Glazer.
The trade won’t be set in stone until the new league year launches Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Specifically, the Redskins are handing the Rams their No. 6 overall pick in this April’s draft, as well as first-rounders in 2013 and 2014, as well as a second-round pick this year, in exchange for the No. 2 pick.
This is an indication, obviously, that the Redskins have exited the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and instead gambled on Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011.
The Cleveland Browns were the other major player in the Griffin sweepstakes, reportedly offering three first-round picks as well, but Washington won out and now the Browns are left fighting for bridesmaids such as Matt Flynn and Jason Campbell.
In 2004, by comparison, the San Diego Chargers traded two first-round picks, a third rounder and a fifth rounder in order to acquire No. 1 overall pick Eli Manning. If anything, this deal in an indication that the value of top-end picks has increased as a result of the lower salaries such prospects demand under the new collective bargaining agreement.