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By Eric Edholm

Updated 12:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 10

The Rams have agreed to trade the No. 2 pick to the Redskins for three first-round picks and a second-rounder, according to various reports.

The Redskins would use the second overall pick to select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

The Rams will receive the No. 6 overall pick from the Redskins, along with Washington's second-rounder this year.

The trade cannot become official until the league's official year begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Rams GM Les Snead released the following joint statement confirming the trade:

"In order to execute each of our club's plans for free agency and the upcoming draft, we have agreed to a trade between our two teams for the second pick in the 2012 draft. We will submit this trade to the NFL for approval."

The quarterback-needy Redskins clearly believe they have found their man in Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner who beat out Andrew Luck for the award. Luck is widely believed to be the eventual choice of the Colts, who own the first overall pick.

Other teams that had discussed trading for the Rams' pick included the Browns, who appeared hesitant to give up their second first-round pick (No. 18 overall) in the deal. The Redskins clearly weren't hesitant — they will reportedly also send their first-rounders in 2013 and '14 to the Rams in the deal.

Now the Rams can use the additional picks to address a bevy of needs on both sides of the ball. New head coach Jeff Fisher and Snead will be seeking help at receiver, defensive back and on the offensive and defensive lines.

The way we see it

The Redskins, PFW has learned, may have received a lukewarm response from the Peyton Manning camp once the future Hall of Fame QB was released by the Colts. That might have spurred them to make a huge offer — some might even say a bounty, if that word weren't taboo in the NFL these days — to the Rams for the second overall pick. But Griffin apparently was always their man. If Manning had been interested in coming to Washington for a reasonable deal, the Redskins were willing to listen. But this major trade shows how highly the Redskins value Griffin and his potential fit in the offense. In fact, he might be a perfect fit in Mike Shanahan's rollout-and-bootleg vertical offense, using both his deep arm and his incredible athleticism with great effectiveness.

You can see why the Rams would make this deal. They move down to No. 6 and might lose out on Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (they were well-represented at his pro day on Friday), but now they can address multiple needs. Even with QB Sam Bradford, the Rams are not major threats to contend this season and have serious shortcomings on both sides of the ball. They now will have three picks in the top 39 to either select players or use them to pull off more trades. The options are limitless, and the Rams will be major players in the early stages of April's draft.

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