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On The Clock: Redskins

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The Redskins are still paying the price for trading up to draft Robert Griffin III in 2012 and will be without a first-round pick in this year's draft. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.
The Redskins are still paying the price for trading up to draft Robert Griffin III in 2012 and will be without a first-round pick in this year's draft. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.

I am not going to rehash the deal that removed the Washington Redskins from the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. I've rubbed salt in that wound before, though it gave me no pleasure to do so.

Whether the price they paid to move up to draft Robert Griffin III with the second pick of the 2012 draft was too rich or just right will be determined by one thing only: Robert Griffin III. If he turns out to be the player they drafted him to be, no one will ever care how much they gave up to get him. If he turns out to be the player we saw in 2013, then the trade will forever be associated with the second-most upsetting r-word in Washington.

Regret.

For now, and as long as the jury remains out on Griffin's development as an NFL quarterback, he can define how history will view that trade. But it remains undeniable that the deal hasn't helped the Redskins build a team around Griffin that will help him succeed. 

Sure, Washington was busy enough in free agency to land a few players who fit critical needs. They signed receivers Desean Jackson and Andre Robert, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and safety Ryan Clark. Both were positions of need for the Redskins, and they easily could have gone in one of those two directions when they finally find themselves on the clock with the second pick of the second round.

Plenty of needs remain, and Washington has only six picks in the draft to fill as many of them as they can.