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Cleveland Browns likely to trade up for Robert Griffin III?

The Cleveland Browns are a franchise going through a bit of a rough transition, one where their sophomore quarterback—Colt McCoy—had a pretty down second season. That has led to a lot of rumors that the Browns, who are armed with the 4th and 22nd overall picks in the first round, could make a move for Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer thinks that at this juncture, the Browns are likely to make a move for RG3:

“If the Browns determine at the Combine next week and maybe through one or two more visits that RGIII is their man, I don’t think they would hesitate to give up their No. 4 and their No. 22 to pull off this deal,” said Cabot. “… It’s almost a perfect match. I think at this point it’s very likely that could happen.”

Not everyone thinks this is a great fit, though. Mike Mayock said on NFL Network that the Browns could potentially have to change their offense to fit his style and could potentially limit what Griffin’s talent should be able to allow him to do.

If the Browns are going to take Griffin in the first round and trade both of their first round picks to move up and get him, they need to take a page out of what the Carolina Panthers did last offseason and fit the offense to fit Griffin III’s strengths. He is a fantastic athlete with a ton of upside, but to limit him would be foolish in my opinion.

Griffin has the potential to be a superstar in the NFL with his athletic ability and the fact that he can not only make every throw, he can make every throw look easy. If the Browns are going to use valuable assets to take him, they need to make sure they put him in the best place to succeed early.

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