2012 NFL Mock Draft: Why the Washington Redskins Should Trade for Sam Bradford

Samuel GoldContributor IIIJanuary 4, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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Sam Bradford is a great quarterback and is the exact type of quarterback that both of the Shanahans would cherish. He has the “it” factor, possesses a great arm and is both mobile and accurate. He is the exact type of quarterback we need to play for the Redskins and help us compete in the NFC East for playoffs every year.

In April, this upcoming draft has two very talented quarterbacks that will both be picked in the top 10, potentially even the top five. The Redskins are not in the direct position to draft either of them. This means that we will have to trade up. Both of these quarterbacks are very talented, however, I have serious concerns with the price required to pay for either one of them, and the value we will receive in return.

To trade up for Andrew Luck it will cost close to four first round draft picks. That is very expensive to pay for a player, even for someone widely considered to be the “next Peyton Manning”. The other option is to trade up for Robert Griffin which will cost close to our first, second, and fourth round picks this year and possibly a future first round pick next year. Robert Griffin was phenomenal throughout college, but there are still concerns with his ability to adapt to the NFL.

To trade for Sam Bradford, I would assume it would cost somewhere close to the price of Robert Griffin. In my honest opinion, I think this would be a very wise move considering he has proven himself already to be a franchise quarterback and does not have the risk associated with being a complete draft bust that Robert Griffin has.

Would the Rams be willing to trade Sam Bradford? Possible, but not likely.

As it stands, many GMs, online sports enthusiasts and ex-NFL coaches (see Tony Dungy) like Griffin over Andrew Luck. Although, I think this is absolutely absurd, you cannot deny why this is debatable. Another factor is who the new head coach will want as his quarterback. It is a common theme that with new head coaches come new starting quarterbacks and we do not know what type of quarterback the Rams new head coach will want.

Another factor is the new CBA and the rookie wage scale. If the Rams trade Bradford and take Griffin, they would only have to pay him a fraction of what it would cost to pay Sam Bradford, therefore increasing the amount of money they can spend on free agents this year. Additionally, if we give them the two first round draft picks and a couple of later round picks, they can still use all of those to overcome any weaknesses not being addressed this offseason. This trade makes sense on both sides and would benefit both teams.

The major factor in why this trade will not happen is Stan Kroenke, the Rams owner. Kroenke views Sam Bradford as the most valuable asset in luring an experienced head coach. But if the new head coach somehow convinces him to take a chance on Griffin, then Sam Bradford becomes suddenly available on draft day. If this happens, we have to make this move to get our signal caller of the future. Let me know what you think and I thank you in advance for your comments and questions below.