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COLUMN: Griffin III too good to be true

Cleveland has too many areas of need to give up draft picks for Heisman winner

March 1, 2012
B.J. LISKO - Salem News Sports Editor ( , Salem News

Often when things seem too good to be true, they in fact are.

Case in point is Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Many Browns fans are salivating at the idea of finding a franchise quarterback to build a team around.

Didn't we already go through this?

For an already rabid and impatient fan base, giving the Rams everything including the kitchen sink to get RGIII with the No. 2 pick isn't worth the price tag.

Very rarely does a quarterback step immediately into the NFL and make an impact. While there are exceptions to that rule, in basically every case a rookie is successful in his first professional action, he has had a solid supporting cast.

You need look no further than the Steelers and Ben Roethisberger. But Big Ben had the Steel Curtain, an insatiable ground attack and a plethora of weapons at wide receiver.

The Browns offer none of that to RGIII. What's worse is by giving up at least your two first round picks and likely far more to get him is that the team wouldn't be addressing numerous areas in desperate need of an overhaul.

RGIII would have no one to throw to. RGIII would have no one to hand the ball off to, especially if Peyton Hillis is gone or hurt. Perhaps most importantly is RGIII would have few to block for him given the Browns needs on the offensive line.

Simply put, the Browns would have to give up too much for a quarterback who would be set up to fail.

Browns fans want a winner. Last year was supposed to be the rebuilding year. This year is supposed to be the breakout. No Browns fan wants to sit through another five-win campaign.

While the alternative Colt McCoy hasn't exactly set the world on fire, he's never had a chance to succeed because he's had so few options.

The Browns have no deep threat at receiver so they can't stretch the field. Hillis is an injury waiting to happen, especially given teams are stacking the box when the Browns are on offense.

Cleveland needs play-makers on offense, but it can't only be the quarterback.

To give up no less than two first-rounders and likely more draft picks would be to give up quality players at receiver, running back, as well as the offensive line and some would even argue cornerback.

It's not worth it.

RGIII may very well be a successful NFL quarterback, but with no supporting cast, as a Brown he'd be another draft bust.

He's the sexy pick, but he's not the logical one. Not for what it's going to take to get him.

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