AFC North could get tougher if Browns draft Robert Griffin III

At this point, it seems pretty likely that the

St. Louis Rams

, who have former No. 1 pick

Sam Bradford

at quarterback, will trade the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft to a QB-needy team. A bunch of teams will likely show interest, jacking up the price for the pick and giving the Rams enough incentive to move out of that prime draft position. So which team can give St. Louis the biggest haul for the right to draft

Robert Griffin III



Cleveland Browns

, who have gotten uneven play from

Colt McCoy

, have given mixed messages about their plans -- it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they are playing coy -- but they appear to have the best package of draft picks to make a deal happen. They have a pair of first-round picks in this year’s draft after a draft-day deal with the

Atlanta Falcons

last year (the Falcons ended up selecting

Julio Jones

at No. 6 overall).


One of Cleveland’s 2012 first-round draft picks is No. 4 overall, meaning the Rams, who have a bunch of needs, can still nab an elite prospect if they move back a couple of spots. Looking at the St. Louis depth chart, the Rams could use help at wide receiver, offensive tackle and cornerback. Oklahoma State’s

Justin Blackmon

, USC’s

Matt Kalil

and LSU’s

Morris Claiborne

are the top prospects, respectively, at those positions.


Washington Redskins


Miami Dolphins


Seattle Seahawks

-- all drafting in the top 12 picks in April -- are expected to chase hard after Griffin, too. But if the Browns really want RGIII, they have the inside track with that pair of first-round picks, even if it still takes more picks in this draft or future picks to seal the deal.

Griffin completed 72.4 percent of his throws in 2011 for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns. He threw just six picks and averaged an impressive 10.7 yards per attempt. He added 699 yards and 10 scores on the ground.

Griffin, who won the

Heisman Trophy

after that stellar season at Baylor, was timed at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. He didn’t throw a single football, but silenced critics when the measuring tape came out. Griffin is 6-2 and change, alleviating any serious concerns about his height. If all goes as planned at his pro day, Griffin -- and the Rams’ No. 2 overall pick -- will be highly sought after.

If the Browns land Griffin, the

AFC North

’s weakest team will improve at the NFL’s most important position.