It’s that time of the year again, folks. Time to sit around the metaphorical table debating what exactly the Browns will do in the upcoming draft only to be left disappointed and wondering if those in charge actually know what they’re doing. It’s a time-honored tradition for us Browns fans and this year is shaping up to be a year unlike any other.
Not only do we get to endure the torture of one first round draft pick for the Browns, but thanks to the king’s ransom received from Atlanta the Browns also possess their first round pick this year. For those of you keeping score at home, that gives the Browns two first round draft picks, numbers 4 and 22 respectively.
Of course, the big question eating away at everyone is what will the Browns do with the #4 overall pick? Most conversations lead to improving the offense by drafting running back Trent Richardson or wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Then there is the argument for quarterback Robert Griffin III. We all know the Browns need a franchise changing quarterback. Colt McCoy has shown glimpses of both being and not being that guy which has led to a fairly well-defined divide between the fan base. So well-defined that it begs the question…
Should the Browns draft Robert Griffin III as the quarterback of the future?
It’s an interesting debate. Griffin is a world-class athlete with game changing speed and break away ability (No, this is an over exaggeration of how fast Griffin is. He holds several track and field records in the state of Texas and is widely regarded as one of the top hurdlers in the nation. Yes folks, he could probably be an Olympian if he really wanted to be). He possesses a skill set unlike anything the Browns have ever had at any position on the field.
Adding to the impressive speed and athleticism, Griffin’s junior year at Baylor was one of the best we’ve ever seen from a college quarterback. It’s no surprise he won the Heisman Trophy given the following stat line.
- 291 completions /402 attempts (72.4%)
- 37 touchdowns
- 6 interceptions
- 189.5 rating
Good God are those numbers ever impressive. Couple that with the world-class sprinter speed, the 6 ft 2 in frame, and cannon arm and there’s a lot to like in Griffin.
But he’s not well suited for the West Coast Offense…
Of course the Browns run an antiquated offensive system not at all suited for one of the biggest threats in the draft. Oh, and they have a coach who appears to be the most hard-headed individual in the world when it comes to taking advantage of his players strengths and putting them in a position to succeed. Wonderful.
That’s what we’ve been led to believe; that Griffin’s take off and run, triple read option, spread offense background doesn’t fit well with the Browns current system. Is that enough to sabotage them when it comes to the draft? Knowing the Browns the answer to that question is more than likely yes. Heaven forbid they take a player who could become the face of the franchise and turn them around, much in the same way he did with the woeful Baylor football program.
Then there is the counter argument. They Browns finally have a system and plan in place so yes, why rock the boat in that regard. Why not wait and draft the quarterback who is right for the system or sign one in free agency? Every year we here about how there is a can’t miss, “you have to draft this guy” type of talent at QB. Why then should the Browns force themselves into drafting a player they don’t really want?
The Browns also have a plethora of other holes which need to be filled all over the field. Why waste a pick on a QB who may or may not work out in the long run when you have a perfectly serviceable stop-gap in place with Colt McCoy. It’s not like McCoy was 100% terrible all of the time. Wouldn’t you like to see what he could actually do with a full complement of NFL level wide receivers and perhaps a stud running back? I know I would.
So what do the Browns do?
Well, by no means would I trade up in order to draft Robert Griffin III. As I said, there are too many hole on this team and they aren’t going to be filled by trading away draft picks, so trading up is out. However, if Griffin were to fall to them at #4 I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to taking him and making him the cornerstone of the future.
But… and this is a big but…
The Browns option should Griffin fall to them at #4 is to trade the pick. I know I’ve screamed and yelled about how I don’t want to trade down anymore, but if they can find a team desperate enough to get him, they may be able to acquire a boat load of additional picks. Plus, if they trade back only 2 or three spots and can be in position to take Michael Floyd, then why not do that?
Either way you look at it, they Browns need to address the problems on the offensive side of the ball once and for all. Whether or not the Browns actually take Griffin, it would appear he will play a pivotal role in that.
Unless of course they take Morris Claiborne… then we riot.