Any time a trade is made, regardless of the sport, we always want to immediately crown the winner and loser of the trade, but unless the trade was an epic fail for one team, these trades are seldom revisited. Five seasons after these trades were executed, here’s a look at how some trades shook out in the NFL that were made in 2012, where a new CBA redefined the value of draft picks and a record number of trades were made involving first round picks alone. Of the 32 picks, 16 were involved in at least one trade.

Washington Redskins trade for No. 2 pick in 2012 NFL Draft

Washington Received:

Rams 2012 first round pick, 2nd overall (Robert Griffin III)

St. Louis Received:

Redskins 2012 first round pick, 6th overall (traded do Dallas for their 2012 first round pick, used to select Michael Brockers and their second round pick, which was then traded to Chicago for their second round pick, used to select Isaiah Pead and their fifth round pick, used to select Rokevious Watkins)

Redskins 2012 second round pick, 39th overall (Janoris Jenkins)

Redskins 2013 first round pick, 22nd overall (traded to Atlanta along with the Rams seventh round pick for Atlanta’s 2013 first round pick, used to select Alec Ogletree, their third round pick, used to select Stedman Bailey and their sixth round pick, which was then traded along with the Rams own sixth round pick to Houston for their fifth round pick, used to select Zac Stacy)

Redskins 2014 first round pick, 2nd overall (Greg Robinson)

How it looks now: From day one, it looked like the Rams won this trade. They were given three first round picks and a second rounder and already had Sam Bradford at quarterback. With the Rams struggling, the king’s ransom they received should have been enough to make them competitive.

Instead, Jeff Fisher’s incompetence reigned supreme. Pead, Stacy, Bailey and Watkins are all out of the league. Robinson has been terrible on the field and has spent his offseasons overweight and out of shape. He will be moved the guard in a last-ditch effort this season. Brockers and Ogletree are still on the team with Ogletree being the more successful of the pair, being named to an All-Pro team in 2016.

The most successful person the Rams acquired was Jenkins, who likely would have been a first round pick had he not ran into legal trouble while in college. Jenkins was solid during his career in St. Louis before signing with the Giants last season and making his first All-Pro team.

Short-term, Washington won the deal. Griffin lead the Redskins to the playoffs, where they lost to fellow rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, but the injury bug that plagued Griffin in college followed him to the NFL. He tore his ACL and LCL in that playoff game and it sapped his athleticism. Outplayed by Kirk Cousins, who was also drafted by Washington in 2012, Griffin wound up in Cleveland in 2016 and is currently a free agent.

In the end, this trade was a fail for both teams, but the Rams are still the winners due to Jenkins and Ogletree’s success.

Browns move up to acquire Trent Richardson

Cleveland received:

Vikings 2012 first round pick, 3rd overall (Trent Richardson)

Minnesota received:

Browns 2012 first round pick, 4th overall (Matt Kalil)

Browns 2012 fourth round pick, 118th overall (Jarius Wright)

Browns 2012 fifth round pick, 139th overall (Robert Blanton)

Browns seventh round pick, 211th overall (Traded to Tennessee for their 2013 sixth round draft pick, which was then traded to Arizona for A.J. Jefferson and their seventh round draft pick, used to select Michael Mauti)

How it looks now:

Cleveland was worried that someone would leapfrog them and take Richardson on draft night, so they panicked and gave up four picks for the Alabama running back. Richardson had one productive year for Cleveland before they sold high, trading him to the Colts for a first round pick early in the following year. Richardson was laughably ineffective the rest of his career and the Browns looked like they got away with highway robbery … until everyone realized they Browns used the Colts pick to ultimately acquire Johnny Manziel.

Much like Richardson, Kalil was very solid for his time as a rookie, but struggled ever since. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and then became one of the league’s worst offensive tackles in football. This offseason, he signed with Carolina. Blanton, Jefferson and Mauti are no longer with the team.

Surpringly, Wright has become the best player involved in this trade. While he played well early in his career and was given a contract extension, but even he has fallen out of favor for the Vikings, playing just 11 percent of Minnesota’s offensive snaps last season.

In the end, Minnesota got more out of their players than Cleveland, so they are the winners of the trade.

Jacksonville trades up for Justin Blackmon

Jacksonville received:

Buccaneers 2012 first round pick, 5th overall (Justin Blackmon)

Tampa Bay received:

Jaguars 2012 first round pick, 7th overall (Mark Barron)

Jaguars 2012 fourth round pick, 101st overall (Traded to Denver along with their second round pick for Denver’s first round pick, used to select Doug Martin and Denver’s fourth round pick, traded to Houston along with the Buccaneers third round pick for Houston’s second round pick, used to select Lavonte David and Houston’s seventh round pick, used to select Drake Dunsmore)

How it looks today:

On draft day, Blackmon looked every bit like a cant-miss prospect. When he was on the field for Jacksonville, he showed flashes of potential, catching seven passes for 236 yards against Houston as a rookie, but he has constantly found himself in trouble. While he is still on the Jaguars roster, he has not appeared in a game since 2013.

Tampa Bay wound up getting a very good haul in this trade. While Barron washed out as a safety, he found new life as a linebacker with the Rams. The real gems, however, are from Tampa pulling off a series of trades stemming from Jacksonville’s fourth round pick. They were able to land two Pro Bowlers, Martin and David. Dunsmore never appeared in a regular season game.

Given that both Martin and David have made Pro Bowl squads and are still a part of the Bucs roster while Justin Blackmon’s NFL career is in serious jeopardy, it is easy to see who won this trade.

Dallas moves up to draft Morris Claiborne

Dallas received:

Rams 2012 first round pick, 6th overall (Morris Claiborne)

St. Louis received:

Cowboys 2012 first round pick, 14th overall (Michael Brockers)

Cowboys 2012 second round pick, 45th overall (Traded to Chicago for their second round pick, used to select Isaiah Pead and their fifth round pick, used to select Rokevious Watkins)

How it looks today:

Another branch of the Griffin trade the Rams made with Washington. Ironically, the real winner of this trade was Chicago, who was able to select Alshon Jeffery with the Cowboys original pick.

In the end, this trade is pretty much a wash. Claiborne looked very much like a bust until last year in Dallas before going down with another injury. This offseason, he signed with the Jets. Brockers is still on the Rams roster, but as I mentioned earlier, both Pead and Watkins are out of the league.

Eagles swap picks with Seattle to draft Fletcher Cox

Philadelphia received:

Seahawks first round pick, 12th overall (Fletcher Cox)

Seattle received:

Eagles first round pick, 15th overall (Bruce Irvin)

Eagles fourth round pick, 114th overall (Jaye Howard)

Eagles sixth round pick, 172nd overall (Jeremy Lane)

How it looks today:

Cox has become a two-time All-Pro and last year signed a $103 million extension to stay in Philadelphia. Seattle, on the other hand, declined to exercise their fifth year option on Irvin, who signed with Oakland last year. Howard played two seasons in Seattle before being waived. Lane is still with the team, but in a reserve role.

Seattle has built a very good team through the draft in recent years, but this trade was a dud for them.

Raiders trade for Carson Palmer

Oakland received:

Carson Palmer

Cincinnati received:

Raiders 2012 first round pick, 17th overall (Dre Kirkpatrick)

Raiders 2013 second round pick, 37th overall (Giovani Bernard)

How it looks today:

In 2011, Palmer was fed up with the Bengals. He was threatening retirement. During the season, Andy Dalton emerged as Cincinnati’s new signal caller, and the Raiders were desperate for a new quarterback after losing Jason Campbell for the season, giving away two high draft picks to bring the disgruntled Palmer to Oakland.

Palmer lasted two seasons with the Raiders before being flipped to Arizona for what became a sixth rounder in the 2013 NFL Draft and a seventh rounder in 2014. While Kirkpatrick never became a star, both he and Bernard have been solid players that are still a part of the Bengals organization.

New England moves up to acquire Chandler Jones

New England received:

Bengals first round pick, 21st overall (Chandler Jones)

Cincinnati received:

Patriots first round pick, 27th overall (Kevin Zeitler)

Patriots third round pick, 93rd overall (Brandon Thompson)

How it looks today:

One of the best trades of the year, both New England and Cincinnati walked away with a significant player. Jones had two double-digit sack seasons and a Pro Bowl nod before being traded to Arizona in his contract year for Jonathan Cooper and the Cardinals second round pick in 2016. Zeitler was a solid guard for Cincinnati for five seasons before signing with in-state rival Cleveland this offseason. Thompson found a role as a reserve player for the Bengals.

In a trade that really worked well for both teams, New England gets the slight edge since Jones had more impact overall.

New England swaps picks with Denver, selects Dont’a Hightower

New England received:

Broncos 2012 first round pick, 25th overall (Dont’a Hightower)

Denver received:

Patriots 2012 first round pick, 31st overall

Patriots 2012 fourth round pick, 126th overall (both picks were traded to Tampa Bay for their second round pick, used to select Derek Wolfe and Tampa Bay’s fourth round pick, used to select Omar Bolden)

How it looks today:

New England had two first round picks in 2012 after the Saints traded their first rounder to them a year before to acquire Mark Ingram on draft day. With Hightower, they hit another home run as Hightower went on to become an All-Pro in 2016 and re-signed with New England this offseason.

Wolfe has become a solid player for Denver who tends to be underrated due much in part to the large amount of talent the team has on that side of the ball. Bolden, meanwhile, played four years for the Broncos before failing to make it out of the Bears training camp in 2016.

While Denver didn’t do bad in this trade, it is very clear that the Patriots emerged as the winners.

Vikings trade back into the first round to select Harrison Smith

Minnesota received:

Ravens 2012 first round pick, 29th overall (Harrison Smith)

Baltimore received:

Vikings 2012 second round pick, 35th overall (Courtney Upshaw)

Vikings 2012 second round pick, 98th overall (Gino Gradowski)

How it looks now:

Smith has become an integral part to a stout Vikings defense, being named to the Pro Bowl in 2015-16. After a college career where he terrorized opposing quarterbacks, Upshaw was seen as a tweener entering the NFL, too small for defensive end and too big for outside linebacker. He has lived up to the billing, and hasn’t lived up to his draft hyped, registering just six sacks in his career. Upshaw signed with the Falcons as a free agent in 2016. Gradkowski, meanwhile, last just three years with Baltimore before being bounced around the league. Currently, he plays for the Panthers.

Minnesota returned to the first round to obtain a Pro Bowl safety while neither player Baltimore acquired panned out. It is obvious who won here.


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