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People always ask me what I think about this line or that line so I figured why not just make a weekly post giving my picks. I have two college picks and three NFL games for you this week. Remember I do not use a crystal ball nor am I (or Skyboxtalk) responsible for your financial negligence so please wager responsibility.

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Redskins Swap First Round Pick, Give Up Two More And A Second In Trade With Rams

Once again, the Redskins are offseason-Super Bowl winners.

They may have mortgaged their immediate future, in terms of talented youth via draft picks, by moving up to the second spot in the 2012 NFL draft. Redskins fans have heard it all before. Give up draft picks for this, give up draft picks for that. While this trade may conclude with the same results, which many don’t believe will happen, it was the right trade for a franchise who has been looking for a long-term option at quarterback since the days of Mark Rypien. They now have an opportunity to draft one.

Andrew Luck is expected to go first overall to the Indianapolis Colts this April. The more intriguing storyline in the draft was what happen with the next pick. Ronald Griffin was expected to be taken with the second pick by whomever traded into that position. Rams GM Les Snead was looking for three first round picks. He essentially got that on Thursday by trading the Rams second pick this year for Washington’s 2012 first and second round draft picks, and first round draft picks in 2013 and 2014.

The Redskins are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. During the Mike Shanahan Redskins era, the team has had to rely on the arms and instincts of Rex Grossman, John Beck and Donovan McNabb.

RGIII is a Heisman winning quarterback who runs a sub 4.4 40 and has incredible arm strength. He caught the eye and captiviated football enthusiasts last season with his quarterback play, his statistics and his charm. The military baby was a vocal leader and his energy and work ethic became contagious amongst his teammates.

Mike Shanahan’s offensive system is at its best when he has a smart quarterback who is mobile enough to run the bootleg and create plays if necessary.

If RGIII is everything he is expected to be and does not succumb to the D.C. social life, Mike Shanahan will have saved himself from being axed by Daniel Snyder. Not only that, RGIII may help change the culture in Washington to the point where Redskins fans will finally believe themselves when they say that their team has a chance to win the Super Bowl.

Now all the Redskins need to do is be wise over these next three years with their personnel decisions.

The Redskins essentially gave up only two first round picks in 2013 and 2014, along with A second round pick in 2012. Armed with about $45 million in cap space, they should be more than fine. With the Browns eager to trade into the second pick themselves, the Redskins were forced to give up a little more than they wanted but have drafted well and reigned in the checkbook as of late.

Let’s assume that the Redskins indeed end up with RGIII on draft day. With a Heisman winning franchise quarterback at the helm and a strong running game, the Redskins should be a few offensive linemen and a wide receiver away from fielding a competitive offense. Carl Nicks will be available this offseason, as will a number of starting-caliber interior offensive linemen. The list of wide starting wide receivers available in free agency this year is also extensive. Add to that the Redskins’ playoff caliber defense, with a few secondary acquisitions *ahem*BrandonCarr*ahem*, and the Redskins have the opportunity to sneak into the playoffs by the 2013 season, if not sooner.

Most importantly, the Redskins will have Ronald Griffin III locked in for four years at about $22 million dollars. Not a huge financial risk if he doesn’t pay off.

The Redskins needed a franchise changing quarterback this off-season. It looks like they will get one. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan may have given up a lot more than they wanted, but nobody will remember or care if Ronald Griffin III (or even Luck if the Colts fool everybody and take RGIII).

Let’s hope this offseason Super Bowl win finally turns into one during the regular season.

SkyboxTalk Contributors – Week 4 NFL Picks

Our picks are up!  Our staff agrees on many of the games, and there are clearly some homer picks.

Head on over to skyboxtalk.com/weekly-picks or click below  to see who each of us have for each week 4 game and the reason why we chose each team!

Click here to check out our picks!

The 2011-12 NFL Season Begins Today!

Get your fantasy football rosters set everybody.  The NFL season begins this evening at 8:30pm with the New Orleans Saints visiting the Green Bay Packers.  This game matches the last two Super Bowl winning franchises against each other in what will surely be an entertaining game.  Two aggressive offenses against two aggressive defenses.  What more can you ask for in the season opener!?  Will Green Bay be able to repeat, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005?  Will the Saints be able to rebound from their embarrassing playoff loss last year?

Turn your televisions on tonight to the football game and see whether organized practices during the lockout benefitted the Saints or whether the Packers are still riding the Super Bowl wave into the current season!

K.T.’s Mock Draft

1.Carolina Panthers – AJ Green. This option at first only seemed likely if they are able to trade down some spots. Now I see this pick instantly makes the whole offense better, no matter who is throwing the ball. The threat of losing Steve Smith, only pushes the WR position to a high priority.  Having no 2nd round pick makes the Panthers take a long look at Cam Newton, simply because the WR and DL positions are deep in this draft, but they take a safe 10+ year starter. Jimmy Clausen gets one more chance.

2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus. People want to give Von Miller or Patrick Peterson here, but John Fox gets production out of serviceable DBS, and likes to sure up the front 7. With Elvis Dumerviel back, they get the pass rush of the edge back, now they need pressure from up the middle. Dareus helps give them this.

3. Buffalo Bills – Cam Newton. The Bills benefit from the Panthers wanting to take a safer route. They grab Netwon and allow him to sit and learn under Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey. Coach Gailey’s success with mobile, athletic QBs along with the pressure to not start right away also help Cam in his progression into a NFL QB.

4. Cincinatti Bengals – Blaine Gabbert. People seem to forget, without Carson Palmer, the Bengals have 1 of the worst QB roster situations. Neither Jordan Palmer or Dan LeFlevor are looked at in the organization as becoming starters. The Bengals also are able to either wait out Palmers retirement threats, or trade him when the price is right.

5. Arizona Cardinals – Von Miller. The Cards luck out and get the pass rusher they were seeking. They didn’t want Gabbert to fall here because they actually like to try to develop John Skelton, so no matter what they were bringing in a vet. (more…)

D. Whitaker’s Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft
Team  Player Position Comments
1 Carolina Cam Newton QB A gamble but the Panthers cant afford to not take him.
2 Denver Von Miller LB Broncos D sucks. Miller immediate impact.
3 Buffalo Marcell Dareus DT Buffalo has a lot of holes, Dareus is a hole plugger.
4 Cincinnati AJ Green WR Ocho and TO are gone so they need a stud WR
5 Houston (via Arizona) Patrick Peterson DB Houston’s secondary was historically bad.
6 Washington (via Cleveland) Blaine Gabbertt QB Shanahan wants his own QB to groom.
7 San Francisco Robert Quinn DE San Fran will address QB needs later or next year
8 Tennesee Jake Locker QB Locker can sit  behind Collins for a year.
9 New England (via Dallas) Cameron Jordan DE Think 2011 Richard Seymour
10 Cleveland (via Washington) Julio Jones WR Holmgren loves wideouts Read the rest of this entry

Guest Blogger Asher’s Mock Draft

1. Cam Newton–Panthers
2. Von Miller–Broncos
3. Marcel Dareus–Bills
4. AJ Green–Bengals
5. Patrick Peterson–Texans (trade with Cardinals)
6. Julio Jones–Browns
7. Prince Amukamura–49ers
8. Nick Fairley–Titans
9. Robert Quinn–Patriots (trade with Cowboys)
10. Blaine Gabbert–Redskins Read the rest of this entry

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