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Monday, February 27, 2012
What it will take for Browns to draft RG3

By Jamison Hensley


You can argue whether the Browns should trade up to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. What's not debatable is that RG3 had the most dazzling NFL combine showing of any quarterback in this draft class.

He impressed reporters with an engaging 15-minute interview. He erased any questions over his height when he measured 6-foot-2. And he wowed the NFL world when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds (I put RG3's speed in perspective in a weekend blog post) -- one of the fastest ever for a quarterback -- and recorded a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-3 broad jump.

It's officially now a two-player draft: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is going No. 1 and RG3 is getting drafted No. 2. But, who is going to trade up to the St. Louis Rams' spot and take the Heisman Trophy winner?

The Browns are in the driver's seat because they can offer the Rams the fourth overall pick. The cost of moving up two spots is very steep.

According to ESPN's John Clayton, the Browns would have to trade both first-round picks from this year (Nos. 4 and 21) as well as a significant pick in 2013 (possibly a third-round one or higher). What this means is trading three potential starters for one potential franchise quarterback.

If the Browns decide to draft RG3, he is ready to win the starting quarterback job right away. He would go against Colt McCoy, who beat RG3 and Baylor, 45-21, in 2008.

“It’d be fun to compete with Colt,” Griffin said at the NFL combine. “I played him one year in college, and he beat us, so maybe I’d like to go out there and beat him. It’d be great; it’d be an honor to go to Cleveland.”

If it's RG3 versus McCoy for the Browns' starting job in 2012, RG3 wouldn't be on the losing end this time.