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?
The 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).
Justin Blackmon, USC’s Matt Kalil and LSU’s Morris Claiborne are the top prospects, respectively, at those positions.
The Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and 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.
AFC North could get tougher if Browns draft Robert Griffin III