In their pre-combine mock draft, SB Nation has changed their projection of what the Cleveland Browns will do in the first round of the draft. This time, instead of going against the majority (like they had done in their first two mock drafts), they went with the common projection of Robert Griffin III. There was no second first-round pick for the Browns this time, since they believe Cleveland will have to trade up to No. 2 overall to secure their quarterback.
2. Cleveland Browns (projected trade with St. Louis), Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
It looks as if the Browns are the favorites in the RG3 race ... for now. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says that the team is "very likely" to trade up, and their two picks in the first round would be the best deal any team could offer. Griffin has questions to answer this week at the Combine. Height -- is he closer to 6'0 than 6'2? -- is one issue. If he wows teams during one-on-one time and the drills, which he probably will, it will chum in the water for rebuilding teams and the media.
Who does SB Nation think the Rams will then take at No. 4 overall? Running back Trent Richardson, despite the fact that they have Steven Jackson on their roster. Jackson is still a beast, but they believe that Richardson can be his understudy and take over for Jackson as he continues to wear down from too many touches.
I know these SB Nation mock drafts are going to change all the time for Cleveland, just like they did last year. Therefore, this year I will keep a log to show what the projection for Cleveland has been for each version.
Version 3: Robert Griffin III
Version 2: Morris Claiborne & Michael Floyd
Version 1: Justin Blackmon & Ryan Tannehill