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Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:42 pm
Would Cleveland give McCoy the Heisman and go with Griffin? (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

We wondered last week if the Browns, who hold the No. 4 pick in the April draft, might give serious consideration to taking Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. mock draft experts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both have Cleveland grabbing RGIII, decisions no doubt made easier by Colt McCoy's struggles in 2011 coupled with head coach Pat Shurmur's indifferent take on McCoy's future as the starter.

“As we go forward here with Colt, he’s done some really good things,” Shurmur said shortly after the Browns' season ended. “Get him back healthy, get him in an offseason where he has a chance to develop. I expect that Colt will improve just like I expect (backup) Seneca (Wallace) will improve and whoever the quarterbacks are here. I think that can be said for all positions, so the best quarterback will play when we start the season.”

In his mock draft posted Tuesday,'s Sam Wyche has the Browns trading up two spots to No. 2 to take -- you guessed it -- Griffin. He writes that "Several teams are going to try and move up to get Griffin but the Browns have the most ammo -- the fourth overall pick and a late first-rounder or high picks in later rounds. Cleveland needs Griffin -- and wants him, according to league sources -- and the Rams will still get their man."

Seems reasonable, even given what Browns general manager Tom Heckert said recently (via the Canton Repository):

“In a perfect world, we would stay at 4, but it’s not a perfect world," he noted. "If we think we can get the same guy by moving down a few spots getting an extra pick or picks, why not do that?”

And then there's this from last week, by way of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Tony Grossi: "I would not automatically eliminate the Baylor quarterback from consideration with the Browns' top pick simply because he is a product of the one-read, shotgun spread offense."

Of course, Kevin Kolb was also mentioned as a possibility should the Cardinals decide that they'd seen enough after one uninspiring season. As we wrote previously, we're not convinced Kolb is much of an upgrade over McCoy, and certainly not at starting-quarterback money. But whatever happens this much is certain: the Browns absolutely have to nail this draft. It's up to team president Mike Holmgren, Heckert and Shurmur to figure out if Griffin is part of that conversation.

And if he's not, there are sure to be teams interested in trading up to grab him. Earlier this month we mentioned the Redskins as a possibility, something draft expert Chris Steuber echoed again Tuesday.

"We all agree that a team will trade up for RG3. My money is on the Redskins. Daniel Snyder, for better or worse, rolls high stakes dice."

If there's any team that needs a quarterback more than the Browns, it's the Redskins.

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Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:50 am

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Hope not.    I agree, there has been WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much changing around and if RG3 goes ahead of us, that's ok as that shall make Blackmon or "Kalil" available !!!

In either way - "we" cannot lose !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

( Besides, give Colt some help and by golly, I think you shall see a MUCH improved and productive offense !!! )

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:18 am

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

The Browns led the league in drops, that is not gonna improve with RG3, it is also not Colts fault. Do what you have to to get Blackmon and for once put a top notch weapon on the field. The Browns have passed on Adrien Peterson, Tomlinson and numerous other obvious weapons. You cannot expect RG3 as great as he is to do much better as a rookie with what they have, stay the course, Colt is a good QB. The Browns have to take Blackmon @4 then maybe Nick Perry or Chase Minnifield #22 , Vontez Burfict in the second and Jake Bequette in the third to play opposite Sheard. If they draft half of those guys they will be a better team, but it starts with BLACKMON.

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:41 am

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

They need to stay with the same program for more then one year..... it gets old changing things around year after year.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:56 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

It is simple, the Browns have too many holes to fill.  If Blackmon is not there then try to trade down for more picks.  They are a very young team and can make up some ground with the picks they have this year.

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:04 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

After witnessing how Mike Holmgren runs a draft while he held the GM title in Seattle, I would be very surprised if they traded up for RG3. More likely Mike will trade back and gather more picks. That is more his M.O. then giving up what promises to be a mighty haul to trade up 2 spots for Rg3. Also Cleveland needs offesive weapons in a bad way, a part of McCoy's struggles is that he has no one of signfigence to throw to, trading up for Grif would leave them still in the same boat but w/less to address these issues. Trade up I don't see it happening in Cleveland this year.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:10 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Were I Tom Heckert, I would be devoting an equal amount of time to NEXT year's draft as this year's !    If someone else tages RGlll, ah well, then we have the OL or the WRwaiting for us ???    Then what comes along NEXT year !?!?!?

Personally, I would we stick with both 1's this year and not trade them.   Let Colt and Crew have / ENJOY a full off-season !!!!

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:19 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

must be a steeler, ravens or bengal fan

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:54 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?


Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:45 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Your right, his name is Jordan, goes to show how irrelevent he is. Don't question my fanhood over a guy who got bumped up from the practice squad late in another losing year due to injury. He's a nobody, like most of the guys on the team. Comes fro mYEARS of bad drafts and scouting 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:18 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

You think the Ram's are going to let the Browns trade up to get Blackmon when that is who the Ram's want? You must be STONED!

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