(WJLA) - The silver lining to any brutal season in the NFL is that it typically leads to a high draft pick in that next year's Entry Draft.
In 2014, though, the 3-12 Washington Redskins can't even look forward to that.
The Redskins are currently tied for the worst record in the National Football League and would draft no lower than 3rd in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, except for one minor problem. They traded that pick to the St. Louis Rams to move up to #2 in the 2012 draft.
With that pick, of course, the Redskins took Robert Griffin III. While year one of the RG3 era came with an NFC East title and a playoff appearance, year two has been an unmitigated disaster.
And though one can never predict year-by-year results - next to nobody picked the Redskins to be scraping the league's basement this year - following up a dismal season by watching another team land a blue-chip college player with your pick is a tough pill to swallow.
The trade was a simple one - the Redskins shipped their 2012 1st and 2nd round picks, their 2013 1st round pick and their 1st round pick in 2014 in exchange for the Rams' 2nd overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Washington took Griffin, who followed up an Offensive Rookie of the Year season with one where he was slow to remain form after knee surgery. He was benched for the final three games of the regular season in lieu of Kirk Cousins.