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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: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:57 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

The only way the Browns take RG3 is if he absolutely blows Heckert and Holmgren away at the combine and at individual work outs.  I'm sure RG3 will run a very fast 40 and throw the ball hard and far with his rocket arm but he has to be perfect for Cleveland to pull the trigger at #4 and there is no way they will spend both 1st rounders and move up to #2 to get him.  McCoy may not be the answer but they need to give him a few guys that can get in the end zone before we mortgage the future on another quarterback.

Cleveland needs weapons on offense so drafting a qb and keeping the same talent won't help anyone.  I like Richardson but no way he goes in the top 5 so the only way I would take him is if we trade down with Washington, Miami, or Seattle.  I think those 3 teams may truly want RG3 and be willing to give up a nice haul for him.  The Browns need a play making receiver like Blackmon, Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery, or Wright from Baylor so I think they will get one of these guys with one of those 1st rounders and then use the other 1st rounder on the best available player on the board.

Early rumors from Cleveland are Heckert is pretty damn high on matching up Joe Haden with Mo Claiborne from LSU so that may be an option and then go with a receiver in the mid to late 1st round.  Cleveland would have 2 very young corners with a ton of talent and speed. 

A speedy linebacker who can get after the quarterback is much needed on their defense so that is another way they could go in the 1st round.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:51 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

When will the Browns address the lack of fire power at Wr and Te? It really doesn't matter who is at qb if they do not have weapons to work with!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:27 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

how much differently would mccoy be judged had pontbraind not muffed two winning fg snaps or if dawson had hit those AND if his receivers could catch something besides a cold?


i believe they should let hillis go, draft richardson at 4 and take griffin's wr from baylor with their second pick in the first.  sign a free agent right tackle and draft linebackers, defensive tackles and safeties with all the rest of their picks.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:00 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

It sure looks like they would. 1. I feel bad for McCoy, they did not give him any weapons to succeed the last two years. If you have no weapons then how do you even have a chance. (See S. Bradford this year). Lastly, the St. Louis Rams do not need a QB, which is the perfect draft position. By the time the draft rolls around RG III will get all of the love and the Redskins, Dolphins, and Seahawks will be in a bidding war with the Browns to trade up for the pick.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:44 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Browns should take the kid.

But they should make the move interesting. If theyare going to do so, trade McCoy at the same time to make the deal. Throw in the coach, and Holmgren, and a bag of footballs too.


Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:33 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

AxnjaM: Someone will trade up to pick Griffin so perhaps that ought to be the Browns. You're absolutely right that a Ricky Williams style trade would be foolish but two No.1 draft picks for a potential franchise QB is not unreasonable.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:22 pm

Would Browns trade up to get Robert Griffin III?

Dont do it!!  Dont get me wrong, I'd like RG3 to QB the Browns, but to trade up to get him?  The Browns have so many holes to fill they cant afford to give up other picks.  If RG3 is there at 4, then take him or trade the pick to Washington for their entire draft like the Saints did for Ricky Williams.    If Washington or another teams jumps over the Browns to get him, so be it.  Take a player at 4 or trade back and get more picks and still end up with an impact player. 

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