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Confessions of a Stubborn Browns Fan.



Sigh... Maybe I'm just gullible to all the hype, but I've finally come to terms for drafting Robert Griffin in the hopes that he'll become our QB of the future. The straw that broke the camel's back was after catching a glimpse of NFL Today on ESPN. They softened me up first talking about how the Steelers appear to be letting go of some key veterans like Hines Ward and James Farrier. Then they sucker punched me with the Cleveland/Griffin talk saying we would be the best destination for the rookie.

Much of it seems like old news to me with how much I read from all of you on this site, but what really stuck with me was when Mel Kiper's opinion was mentioned on the situation. Take it for what it's worth, as Kiper always seems to have some sort of personality disorder every time you see him on TV, but he predicts all Cleveland needs in order to trade up to the #2 from the 4th pick is our 4th, 22nd, and a late round pick such as a 6th rounder. On the other hand, he suggests that if Washington wants to outbid us they will have to give up something like their 6th, either their 2nd or 3rd this year (I honestly can't remember which one it was, and it's bugging the crap out of me), as well as their 1st round pick in 2013.

If he's right, which to me seems entirely reasonable given the circumstances, I would be comfortable with that trade if we made the move for Griffin. Giving up the 22nd pick is fine simply because we're really not losing anything that we wouldn't have normally had anyway. It's like gambling at the casino and hitting a nice pot then deciding to gamble a good portion more of it in hopes of hitting higher. We're not really losing anything from where we initially started off at, and the upside seems promising.

Now, although I admit to welcoming Griffin's arrival assuming it happens, there are certainly key stipulations to this deal we most definitely need to follow. Aside from making sure we don't give up too much for Griffin (2 1sts and 6th), we need to be aggressive and go for one of these premier, young WRs in FA. If we over pay a bit then so be it. But it makes no sense at all to me for us to be aggressive with getting a potential franchise QB then wait on finding at least one real talented weapon for him to play with. Sure, use 2013 to find another talented, rookie WR, but we'll be just as decrepit this season as we were last year if we don't improve our WR/TEs.

Also, I still agree with Holmgren's philosophy on rookie QBs which is to have them sit a while before they start. I don't want Griffin competing with Colt right away throughout training camp because as we learned throughout the past decade that's usually a bad way to go. I still feel Colt deserves the opportunity to start a little while if only so he has the chance to prove himself to the NFL allowing him to open up his options once his contract is over with us. If he tanks us into 0-6 then fine put in Griffin. Otherwise, give McCoy the season, and see what happens. Traditionally, QBs bust when thrown in as rookies, and we shouldn't expect much from our first season with Griffin starting anyway.

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