When the 2012 NFL draft had ended, the St. Louis Rams had parlayed the second overall choice into six choices: the 14th, 39th, 50th and 150th picks this year, plus first-round selections in 2013 and 2014.
That was the net result of trades made before and during the draft.
The Rams began by sending the second overall choice to Washington for the sixth and 39th picks, plus first-rounders in 2013 and 2014. They traded the sixth pick to Dallas for the 14th and 45th picks. St. Louis traded the 45th pick to Chicago for the 50th and 150th selections.
2012 Rams Draft Parlay
The Rams could wind up selecting six players, including three in the first round, for the price of the second overall pick, which Washington used for Robert Griffin III, a player St. Louis would not have drafted anyway.
That seems like a worthwhile exchange for the Rams, who already had a quarterback and needed help at lots of positions. I'd set aside what the Redskins think of the deal. Their motives were irrelevant to the Rams. Price won't matter to them if Griffin III becomes a franchise quarterback.
While the Redskins drafted Griffin second overall, the Rams used the Redskins' second-round choice for cornerback Janoris Jenkins (39th overall). The picks acquired from the Cowboys and Bears allowed St. Louis to draft defensive tackle Michael Brockers (14th overall), running back Isaiah Pead (50th) and guard Rokevious Watkins (150th).
The Rams still have the two future first-rounders, of course.
Using the draft-value chart, the Rams sent to the Redskins a pick worth 2,600 points. They ultimately received picks totaling 2,041.4 points this year, plus whatever the 2013 and 2014 first-rounders are worth. The draft-value chart says those picks were worth the difference between 2,600 and 2,041.4, which is 558.6 points, or roughly what the 34th overall choice was worth this year.
Would the Rams have agreed to trade the 34th pick for two future first-rounders? Of course they would have made that trade.
Given that St. Louis has its quarterback, a new head coach, multiple needs and a long-range outlook, the team would naturally value those two first-rounders in the future. The Rams wound up drafting six of the first 96 players selected this year, including three in the second round, so short-term needs were met as well.
The chart shows what the Rams traded and what they received in return. I've underlined the picks St. Louis owned originally and retained ultimately. Those picks account for the net exchange.