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With Robert Griffin III Reportedly Turning Pro, Could Browns Be Eyeing Him?

The Cleveland Browns are in a very interesting position with the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Aside from being guaranteed who they think is at least the fourth-best player in the nation, there are so many ways they can go with it. Cleveland needs playmakers on offense, with needs at wide receiver and a potential need at running back. But on top of all of that, the Browns could be looking at a big need for a quarterback.

One of the best quarterback prospects, who some think is the best, Robert Griffin III out of Baylor, will reportedly enter the 2012 NFL Draft. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported, citing a family source, that Griffin planned to tell his coach on Tuesday that he intended to turn pro.

It's pertinent to the Browns due to the nature of holding the No. 4 overall pick. With the Indianapolis Colts picking at No. 1 and reports of their selection being Andrew Luck, that leaves Griffin as the top quarterback on the board by most. With the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings in front of them, Griffin stands little chance of being picked there, barring a trade. Sam Bradford and Christian Ponder are the quarterbacks of the future for those franchises. It's very possible that a trade happen though, but for now, Cleveland is in that spot.

SB Nation even had Griffin going to the Browns in their 2012 NFL Mock Draft on Monday:

4. Cleveland Browns, Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

At this point, I would more shocked if Cleveland kept Colt McCoy than if they traded up in the draft to secure RG3. Washington and Miami (and maybe others), will be circling RG3, so trading up is the only sure way they can nab him. They need some talent to pair with him, but this is a big upgrade for Cleveland.

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