Redskins’ Trade With St. Louis Brings Memories Of Legendary Draft Trades
The Washington Redskins’ trade of four draft picks – their No. 6 pick in April, as well as their second-round pick, and two other future first-rounders – to St. Louis for the Rams’ No. 2 pick and assumedly the right to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III brings to mind several other trades involving multiple draft picks.
Though it can’t become official until Tuesday, the trade will be the first involving three first-round draft picks since Dallas sent running back Herschel Walker to Minnesota in 1989. The Vikings surrendered three first-round picks – one in 1990, one in 1991 and one in 1993 – but the Cowboys only used the first-rounder in 1991.
The Vikings also gave up second- and sixth-round picks in 1990, a second-round pick in 1991 and a second- and third-round pick in 1992 for Walker, who played only mediocre three seasons in Minnesota before signing as a free agent with Philadelphia.
San Diego traded quarterback Eli Manning, the first overall selection in 2004, to the New York Giants for quarterback Phillip Rivers, who was taken with the No. 4 pick. The Giants also gave up their third-round selection in that draft and their first- and fifth-round choices in 2005 to the Chargers.
Washington was also part of another blockbuster trade involving draft picks when it sent running back Ricky Williams, chosen No. 5 overall in 1998, to New Orleans for all of its selections in that draft, as well as its first- and third-round picks the following year.
Finally, New England traded Jim Plunkett, who it took first overall in 1971, to San Francisco five years later, bringing in two first-round picks that year and a first- and second- round pick in 1977.