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What if the Redskins Never Traded For RGIII

Updated on September 23, 2014


Robert Griffin III is the most talked about player in the NFL right now after Kirk Cousins stepping in and delivering.

The Washington Redskins traded three first round picks and a second round pick to move up to the second overall pick in 2012 to draft Robert Griffin III.

During Griffin's first year, the trade seemed to be worth it leading the team to a 10-6 record and the Division title. Griffin was also awarded the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

In the wildcard game against the Seattle Seahawks, Griffin put them out to a fourteen point lead before sustaining a game ending injury. After his exit, Seattle came back to win the game 24-14.

Going into last season, RGIII did not play a single snap in the preseason but swore he was ready for the season. He ended up playing thirteen games and the Redskins finished the season 3-13.

RGIII looked terrible this preseason and was bashing heads with Jay Gruden's playbook. When Griffin went down in week two with his injury, Kirk Cousins came in and has been impressing the whole NFL.

What if Washington never made the trade for Robert Griffin III? In this article, I will explain the team that they could have instead of giving everything away for an injury prone quarterback.


2012- Round 1, pick 20 Riley Reiff

Having the fourteenth pick of the 2012 draft, the Washington Redskins traded down for the twentieth pick and a 2012 second round pick.

Riley Reiff was drafted by the Redskins with the twentieth overall pick. At six-foot-six, three hundred pound beast, he is an amazing complementary to Trent Williams, the 2011 first round pick.

Riley Reiff was drafted by the Detroit Lions at pick 23.

If Reiff were drafted, Washington would move Tyler Polumbus would be back where he belongs, the bench. Having two interior beast would help drastically with the passing game, whoever ends up being the starting quarterback for the team.


2012- Round 2, pick 7- Amini Silatolu

The Washington Redskins draft Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State University.

Amini Silatolu would have brought more talent to line that already have first round picks Trent Williams and Riley Reiff.

Silatolu would be the starting right guard his rookie season. After drafting Silatolu, Washington would be set on the interior line for years to come.

Amini Silatolu ended up being drafted 8th in the second round by the Carolina Panthers and went on to be on the All-Rookie NFL team.

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2012- Mid 2nd Round- Alshon Jeffery

After acquiring Round 2 draft pick, the Washington Redskins select Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, University of South Carolina.

After being the number one overall Wide Receiver going into the 2011 NCAA season, Alshon Jeffery dropped tremendously due to his lack of speed and his weight. He had the potential to be a top ten pick up he fell mid round in the second round.

By trading down in the first round, the Redskins would have acquired a mid 2nd round pick. With Santana Moss aging, Alshon Jeffery would be the salt to Pierre Garcon's pepper.

Alshon Jeffery ended up being drafted by Chicago and became an instant star with the team.

Alshon Jeffery ended up being drafted by Chicago and became an instant star with the team.

2012 Free Agency- Chase Daniels

Washington Redskins sign Chase Daniels to a three year deal. Though he is not the long term quarterback, he will be able to fill in for the time being.


2013- Round 1, pick 6- Barkevious Mingo

For sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select, Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU.

With Chase Daniel just learning the Washington system, the Redskins are awarded another top ten pick in the 2013 NFL draft. The Defensive End position is the second most needed position on the team behind the quarterback.

Luckily, the 2013 was the year of the Defensive Ends resulting in three getting drafted in the top ten. Other notable players that could have been drafted are Dion Jordan and Ezekiel Ansah.


2014 Round 1, pick 22- Johnny Manziel

For the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select, Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M.

After giving Daniels another season as the starting quarterback, he brought the Redskins to their first playoff appearance in a long time. Unfortunately, they lose their opening round game giving them the 22nd pick in the 2014 draft.

As the draft played out, Johnny Manziel fell right to where the Redskins pick. They draft Manziel who plays the 2015 season as Chase Daniel's back up.


2016- Round 1, Pick 20, Trae Waynes

For the twentieth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select,Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan State University.

After failing to make the playoffs under Chase Daniel, the starting job is given to Johnny Manziel. After the past years of successful draft picks, the only position that needs to be looked at is cornerback. Trae Waynes will be able to fill this role as a great cornerback.

Draft picks traded for RGIII

Riley Reiff
Amini Silatolu
Alshon Jeffery
Barkevious Mingo
Johnny Manziel


In conclusion, not trading away the team's future for Robert Griffin III could have made the Washington Redskins one of the most feared teams in the league.

They would have the best offensive line, a solid receiving core, and the help that they needed on the defensive side of the ball.

If this ended up being the Washington Redskins in 2016, people would be putting money on them to win the Super Bowl.


This article would have never been written if RGIII did not suffer that, what seems to be, a career ending knee injury his rookie year. I loved RGIII in college but I said that he was going to get injured. After his recent ankle injury, Griffin has been injured every year. A franchise quarterback can not get hurt every other game.

This fantasy mock draft is also guaranteeing that sixth round pick, Alfred Morris, plays like he has been. In my opinion, some of Morris's success has been because of Griffin being such a threat.


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