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Bringing In Help
March 12, 2012 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
The Cleveland Browns are taking heat in some circles for not brokering a deal to secure the second pick in April's NFL Draft and a chance to land Baylor's Robert Griffin III. I think the Browns came out winners by losing out. The Washington Redskins swooped in Friday and shipped a tidal wave of prime draft picks to St. Louis for this draft's second overall pick, while the Browns were still formulating their package. The Redskins are shipping their first pick this year (No. 6 overall) and second-rounder this April along with their number ones in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis. The Rams are smiling all the way to the draft room. If the Browns anted up a similar package, it would have shredded the team's future. Cleveland is sitting pretty with two first rounders this year, including the fourth overall pick. They are positioned to fill their biggest void: playmakers. I still have faith in Colt McCoy as the franchise QB. But he needs some dynamic weapons such as a big-time wideout and a running back capable of going to the house any time he touches the ball. If the Brownies pulled the trade trigger quicker and moved up to number two, they would have been separated from the draft picks needed to add the new and talented blood. Griffin would have been an exciting addition to the Dawg Pound. RG III, however, would have grown frustrated, having to shoulder the offensive burden by basically himself. Cleveland club czar Mike Holmgren just needs to add draft pieces such as electric wideout Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State with the fourth pick and Va. Tech's David Wilson, the second best running back in the draft, later in the opening round. The offensive line is solid, anchored by All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas. Add a pass rusher in the second round and the Browns will be a much-improved version. Sometimes, you can win by losing.
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