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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: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:17 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

I agree draft Trent Richardson 1st, hillis would be a good fullback then draft wide recievers and lbs to plug the hole an put pressure on the quarterback please don't draft or trade for a quarterback

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:50 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

The Browns picking RG makes no sense absolutely whatsoever.
They have McCoy. Holmgren loves him. Shurmer loves him, even if he hates his head (keeping him in a game when he received a concussion).
McCoy knows the playbook. McCoy has the skills. He has the reputation with his teammates, who respect him.

All Colt needs are some weapons, and I can predict that this will be his best year, besides last year. And believe me, Greg Little is not going to cut it.

The Browns really need a weapon, and if Blackmon falls, then he will become a star. How do I know this?

1. He wiill instantly become the first string wideout.
2. He will get at least 65% of targets.
3. He has freakish abilities. Comparable to A.J. Green and Roddy White. 

All in all, if the Browns pick Griffin, there will be controversy. I can guarentee it. 

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:06 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

remember its the off season, so alot of smoke & mirrors right now, Browns may play up the RGIII connection to get some else to trade the farm for him.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:01 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

What a waste of a draft pick, another Qb?Colt has this,a full off season with the playbook and off season drills,make him the winner.I find it hard to believe that anyone they bring in will be as accurate a passer as Colt.Stand pat bring in a 6th rounder if you hafta draft a QB.Trade back and get quality and quanity or go wr at #4 .This draft really could make waves for years to come in Cleveland.GO BROWNS!

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:17 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Trading to get Griffin would be a waste. Trade to get a QB who has no weapons on offense.. You're not doing anything to improve the situation that Colt played with THIS season. It's a joke. Carolina took Newton first overall, but they spent the offseason aqquiring talent around him. They kept the two backs in Carolina, swooned Smith to stay, and signed two tight ends. Cleveland needs to stick with McCoy and draft him an offensive line and some freakin weapons. What does he have at his disposal? Massaquoi, and Cribbs and Hillis who couldn't stay healthy all year. The guy has no TE's, and really no WR's. And certainly not an offensive line to keep him upright.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:48 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Just because Newton had a good year that doesn't mean Griffin would, two separate people.  What's Cleveland doing with their team? Is the coach position, quarterback position and the rest a one year trial basis there? How many Super Bowls have been played with Cleveland being in it? None. Anyone to do with the Browns past is either in Cincinnati or Baltimore, the current team should have another name. The Cleveland Replacements!

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:38 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

I think Holmgren may like Matt Barkley as well but I'm not convinced his offensive weapons at USC aren't the reason for his success.  USC has alot of talent and some great receivers but I guess if Cleveland makes the move to surround McCoy with offensive playmakers this year and he fails the next qb will inherit them.

I just think the best idea for the Browns is to get a few playmakers on both sides of the ball through the draft and free agency and see what Colt can do.  If things don't work out next season then I will be convinced they need to move in a different direction and find a franchise qb.  It's not like RG3 will come in and make the Browns a playoff team by himself so as I said before the only way Heckert and Holmgren take him is if he is available at #4 and other teams that want him aren't willing to give up enough picks to trade up and get him.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:12 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Lets say they dont trade up. Lets say they take, oh, Morris Claiborne at four......or Justin Blackmon, or Upshaw or even Coples. Then they grab an OL with the later pick.... Mike Adams or someone. In the second they add another d lineman....or another linebacker, or wide out. So in one scenario you have Claiborne and a stud tackle or guard. In the other you have RG3. But no stud corner or tackle. Yes, you get them in the second....but wait, you probably had to trade those also. But you get someone in the third. RG3 and a good third round tackle. Or colt McCoy and claiborne and a better line and a nice new wide out from the second....and at least one linebacker.  I mean RG3 cant do it without talent around him either. Give McCoy another year.....with a team being built around him. Look at Alex Smith when someone believed in him. Look at so many others. Build the have a solid young QB......if he fails after three years, ok, but dont dump him now.

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:00 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

I get the feeling Holmy likes Matt Barkley, look for Holmgren to add weapons this year and if things still dont work out, make a play at Barkley next year draft.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:59 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

y would they choose rg3.he runs the spread offense and genious shurmer does not alter his philosaphy around his players skills so it will never work.jesus couldnt produce in this offensive scheme or with our recievers.baylor really played some tough comepetion too.that killed will get killed in the afc north

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