Yeah, so did the rest of us.
Redskins QB and second overall pick Robert Griffin III was at the Browns training facility in Berea for the NFL Rookie Symposium on Tuesday. There he commented on the team he almost found himself playing for, via the Morning Journal.
"Once I declared for the draft, Cleveland was a place I thought I would be just because they had the most firepower when it came to draft picks and trade-ability. It didn’t turn out that way and I have no idea why it didn’t."
Back in March the St. Louis Rams, holding that second pick at the time, ultimately decided to trade it to the Redskins instead of the Browns. Much has since been said of the trade, primarily as to why they chose the deal they did over the other. A lot of Browns fans were up and down about either the potential missed opportunity or possibly giving up simply way to much. Having been certain that we'd get RG3 for months and at a reasonable price too, when it finally sunk in that it just wasn't happening, many of us were crushed. The next day writers and fans alike chimed in from either side of the fence. Personally, the thoughts of what could have been were the most frustrating.
However, the moment I heard Trent Richardson's name read as the third overall pick, I was completely ready to move on and look forward with what we have. These most recent comments by Griffin really solidified that position. Perhaps for some him saying that could still sting a little, if it again reminds one of what could have been. A report that Griffin was relieved that he didn't have to play for the Browns didn't help the mood for fans at the time. Griffin said that wasn't the case.
"No, I never said that," Griffin said Tuesday. "I always told people no matter what the situation, there’s a bunch of different teams I had the possibility of playing for and it’s just the fact you get to play in the NFL. That’s the most important fact. I never said that."
I firmly believe Griffin is an honest person and a nice guy. And as long as it isn't a game against the Browns, I wish him the best. He's also an incredible athlete. But, if I had to choose right now between Richardson, Brandon Weeden, and the Browns' 2013 first round pick, or Griffin, I'd honestly pick the former.
Now that it's late-June, the draft is over and has had time to sink in, has your view of the whole RG3/No. 2 pick trade changed at all?