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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. CBSSports.com 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, NFL.com'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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Comments

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:08 am
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

<strong><em>Well......y
ou probably dont know this team very well at all if you dont know that Norwood's first name is not Julius.....its Jordan. lol</em></strong>




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:05 am
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Well......you probably dont know this team very well at all if you dont know that Norwood's first name is not Julius.....its Jordan. lol



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:01 am
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

I think they need a top flight WR - Blackmon is the perfect candidate. I agree that you need to give McCoy at least one year with some semblance of talent before making a decision on his. I am not so sure their will be a controversy persay, but it will certainly create a competition, and hopefully elevate and motivate both players. If Blackmon is off the board, what do you do? have to take RG III, or trade out for a VERY high quality WR from a QB-needy team.



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:36 am
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

There was just an interesting interview on the ESPNCleveland radio show stating that a writer by the name of Steve Wyche thinks the Browns will trade up to #2 and get RG3.  Wyche said that according to some reliable sources the Browns are very interested in Griffin's athletic ability and his big arm which are 2 things needed when playing in Cleveland. 

I personally still don't buy Holmgren and Heckert trading up to get a qb since having 3 picks in the top 37 is too valuable to not get 3 great players instead of using 2 of those picks to get 1 player.  I guess we will have 3 more months of speculation and since the Browns do have 2 1st round picks I can only imagine what other rumors will come up over that time.



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:12 am
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

And now the whole world sees the intelligence we have to put up with in Ohio from the Bandwagon Steelers Fans.


Sorry, not from Ohio. I am one of those non Intelligent Steelers fan from Canada. What I ment to say is the Browns need better management of the talent they have, not only a super star QB. They have had good QB'S with no results. Take a lesson from the Patriots, coach to your teams personel. If they dont even Tom Brady at QB will not help. 




Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:09 am
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Cleveland has too many other needs. Colt McCoy should be given the opportunity to progress in this league. Robert Griffin is a great talent, but no one knows how he will react to the speed of the NFL. At least the browns actually know what they have in McCoy.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Howw many QB'S do the Browns need? Let me rephrase that: How many QB'S careeres can they ruin. They have drafted a t least a dozen in the past 6 years. Where are they????? Mr Griffin, if i was in your shoes I would hide, the Browns will only ruin your carreer!!!
And now the whole world sees the intelligence we have to put up with in Ohio from the Bandwagon Steelers Fans.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:39 pm
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

If the Browns burn picks they gained last year in the draft for a QB, that makes last years trade pointless and starts them all over again. I understand that RG3 is a great athlete, but they say he is a product of  the  one read shotgun spread. What the (expletive) system are the Browns running? It is definantly not the GB style that beat Pittsburgh in the SB last year. They couldn't decide what worked, under center or shotgun. And the whole Trent Richardson idea is great since Hillis will be gone next season. Fullback? If the Browns wanted a competient FB they would have simply kept Vickers. Vickers lead Foster in Houston this year and the Browns got some guy who noone else wanted,(as usual) Owen Marecic. Hillis won't be the FB because they claim this system doesn't utilize the FB position... yet they drafted one? Hillis is not coming back so everyone in this city can chalk that up as a loss and move on. (should have took the guy who wanted to follow the history of Jim Brown, ADRIAN FREAKING PETERSON.... idiots) The Browns may as well not even draft in the first round since all they do is draft guys that should go in later rounds and leave talent available for anyone picking after them. (ever wonder why Brady Quinn lasted so long? can you say overrated?) People are blind to the fact that Phil Taylor is garbage, not to mention he played a 3-4 NT position in college. Of course the Browns draft him when they are changing to a 4-3, they have a habit of thinking they can change guys positions. (K Wimbley) If they trade anything away this year they will pick some 3rd round talent guy early and make passing on Julio Jones look even worse. If they are smart with this draft it will make the pass on Jones look brilliant.
Colt McCoy didn't get a fair chance, they are doing to him what they did to Mangini: using him to buy themselves more time to get "the plan" in place, thats the ONLY reason Mangini got to stick around another year. They proved they were screwing McCoy when they drafted Little (a converted RB that was suspended his entire senior season, there for making him totally unfamiliar with the WR position having only played it, what one season) and acted like Robiskie and Masso-no hands were good enough to make the system work. These guys are using others as sacrificial lambs to "the plan". McCoy was forced to look bad with no WR's, no OC, and no chance to stay on his feet and they will use these as reasons to bump him out and bring in whoever they want. NEWSFLASH, no QB will survive without a right side of the line or WR's to throw to. Does anyone else know who Julius Norwood is? Didn't think so, he belongs on the practice squad at best but the Browns figure he's a starter. I swear, once anyone with football competency walks into Berea Ohio and the facilities of this team...... they become as knowledgable of the sport as a 6 year old t-ball player.
I know this rant is due to a super premature mock draft and rumor mill, but lets get this understood, I know this team. I know them too well. Whatever move they make will most likely be the wrong one. 



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

If you write in all caps, make them bold and use a giant font size; will that make your post better? 
Well, I'll chance it.  Here ya go.... IMO- RGIII-  no. McCoy should stay and get a few weapons and an OL.  



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Howw many QB'S do the Browns need? Let me rephrase that: How many QB'S careeres can they ruin. They have drafted a t least a dozen in the past 6 years. Where are they????? Mr Griffin, if i was in your shoes I would hide, the Browns will only ruin your carreer!!!



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