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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Raiders' trade shows Rams' timing right

By Mike Sando

The Miami Dolphins just traded the 12th and 42nd overall choices to the Oakland Raiders for the third overall choice.

One year ago, the Washington Redskins traded the sixth and 39th picks, plus first-rounders in 2013 and 2014, to acquire the second overall choice from the St. Louis Rams.

The difference: Robert Griffin III's expected availability with the No. 2 overall pick in 2012. There was no perceived top quarterback available this year, so the Raiders could not leverage the third overall pick to nearly the degree St. Louis leveraged the second overall choice a year ago.

The Dolphins selected Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.

Of course, the Raiders likely would have held onto the third overall choice this year if they could have gotten a quarterback such as Griffin in that slot.