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Defensive decisions loom large

How pass-rushers pan out will help determine draft's ultimate winners and losers

Originally Published: April 30, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Owners and general managers knew the relatively hard-line rookie salary pool would have positive impacts on team economics and cap management.

What they underestimated were the positive effects it would have on the three-day draft process. Ratings for the 2012 draft rose significantly because of the increased incentive to make trades, which in turn increased action.

For the Redskins, the trade from No. 6 to No. 2 to get Robert Griffin III will cost them roughly ...

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