MNF Week 8: The Trade That Could’ve Changed Everything

RG3 Bradford

The St. Louis Rams made a franchise changing choice shortly before the 2012 NFL Draft. Sitting there with the second overall pick in the draft, they had the chance to draft Robert Griffin III. However, just two years earlier on that very same night, the Rams took Sam Bradford with the first overall pick.

So, the Rams were stuck. Do they draft RG3 and try to trade Bradford? Or, do they stick with the man they spent a No. 1 overall draft pick on, and trade out of the second spot? As we all know, they chose the latter.

It wasn’t hard finding a suitor for RG3. The deal ended up being with the Washington Redskins, who gave their sixth overall pick in the 2012 Draft, their second rounder in the 2012 Draft, and 2013 and 2014 first round picks.

Not a bad haul, right? The jury is still out on the players the Rams received, seeing as Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, and Alec Ogletree are still young and have chances to contribute. They still haven’t even spent the 2014 first round pick, which could be quite high if the Redskins' season continues down the path it's going.

The main points of this trade were obviously RG3 and Bradford. The Rams gambled on the fact that their oft-injured QB (he missed most of his final year at Oklahoma with injuries) could stay healthy and turn into the first rounder they expected to get.

Bradford had a great first year in the NFL, throwing for over 3,500 yards and breaking Peyton Manning’s rookie completion record. But that’s where the successes have ended.

He started only 10 games the next year, missing time with a lingering high ankle sprain. He played well in 2012, improving on his numbers from both previous seasons, but the Rams went just 7-8-1. Now, here we are in Week 8 of 2013 and Bradford is…out for the season. Last week, Bradford tore his ACL, ending his year and firing up speculation among St. Louis fans. It’s really a shame, seeing as Bradford was playing well before he went down, having 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions so far this season.

Bradford had a great first year in the NFL, but that’s where the successes have ended.

Seeing as RG3 took the league by storm last year, winning Rookie of the Year and unleashing the read option to the NFL, it's easy to see why St. Louis fans would be unhappy with the choice to keep Bradford and trade away the rights to RG3. Now, with Bradford having only completed two of his four NFL seasons, the Rams have a problem. What do they do with him?

Most likely, the Rams will stick with him for another year, seeing as this team did have some possible playoff aspirations before the season started and Bradford played quite well before his injury. But what if he goes down again? Yeah, they have a few promising defensive players they received from the deal, but quarterback is the most important position in sports.

You need a healthy and productive QB to be successful in the NFL. The Rams have one more first round pick out of the RG3 trade and if they are in a spot to draft a quarterback in May, they may not be able to pass it up.

5 For the Night

1.The Rams' QB Choice: As of right now, Kellen Clemens is slated to start for the Rams. I’m sure that could change from now until game time, but if they do go with him, this game could get ugly very fast. Clemens, a spot starter in years past for the New York Jets, is a career backup, and he’s going to have to deal with No. 2 on this list.

2. The Legion of Boom: Led by loud mouth Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks' menacing secondary should have a field day tonight against Clemens and the weak Rams receiving corps. This group may talk a lot of smack, but they back it up like nobody else can.

3. The Rams' RB Situation: It seems as if Zac Stacy has won the starting RB job for the Rams this week, but for most of this season, it's been a three-man rotation between Stacy, Daryl Richardson, and a little bit of Benny Cunningham. Stacy gets the start tonight, but if he struggles (he will, they’re playing Seattle) then watch to see who Jeff Fisher goes to. Your guess is as good as mine.

4. Russell Wilson: Nothing specific here. Just watch him. He's 5'10", and he can play the QB position as well as anyone in the league. On the Monday night stage against a weak Rams defense, expect Wilson to have a very nice game, with the aid of No. 5 on this list.

5. Marshawn Lynch: The Rams run defense is awful. Marshawn Lynch is pretty much the exact opposite of awful. Tonight, Lynch, along with Wilson, should both have nights that remind the entire league that the Seahawks mean business.

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