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Who was the biggest steal of the NFL draft?

The Great RG3 Heist

Ron Fritz

Baltimore Sun

He cost them three first-round picks and a second-round pick, but the Redskins got the biggest steal when they traded up to No. 2 to select quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins — the Redskins! — actually did something right in the draft.

And in the process they made Browns President Mike Holmgren look like exactly what he is — a decent football coach but no front-office genius.

Some will say it's not a steal when you give up that much to move up, but it was exactly that — a steal. While the rest of the NFL —especially Holmgren — was sleeping, the Redskins pulled off "The Great RG3 Heist." And now the Redskins matter again.

rtfritz@tribune.com

Champs add a weapon

Nick Fierro

The Morning Call

In the rich-get-richer department, the Super Bowl champion Giants have come away with the biggest heist: LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, who had a first-round grade by many but was still sitting there when the Giants were on the clock for the final pick in the second round.

He not only fills a big need with the departure of Mario Manningham but won't have a lot of pressure on him because the Giants still have Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

Randle has good size, speed and hands. His biggest shortcomings are route-running and consistency — things that can be fixed. Randle should work out very well.

nfierro@tribune.com

Receiver a Giant steal

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

The biggest steal was the Giants grabbing LSU receiver Rueben Randle with the 63rd pick. He was one of the five players the Giants were considering with their final pick of the first round, and he should really help a team that lost Mario Manningham to the 49ers in free agency.

"We were really surprised a little bit with him still being there because we thought he would've gone early in the second," Giants GM Jerry Reese said. "He was still there, and we're fortunate to get a guy of his caliber." Randle has drawn comparisons to Hakeem Nicks, secured by the Giants near the end of the first round in 2009.

Now, Randle can learn behind Nicks, so the pressure won't be on the rookie to carry a big burden right away, seeing as New York also has Victor Cruz.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Upshaw has big upside

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

Getting Courtney Upshaw with the 35th pick in the draft represented quite a bargain for the Ravens. Upshaw probably fell a bit because he showed up for his pro day weighing 279 pounds.

Some teams that use 3-4 fronts might have backed off him at that point because they thought he was too big for outside linebacker. But leave it to Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta to see through the baloney and home in on a fine football player.

Upshaw will be a good fit in the Ravens' aggressive front. He will set the edge, get after the passer and use his exceptional instincts to make plays. Upshaw produced at a major program at Alabama and is ready to help now. It wouldn't be surprising to see him have quick success in the NFL.

dpompei@tribune.com

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