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Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:14 pm
If the Browns make a move for Robert Griffin III the Colt McCoy era is officially over. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock loves football. It comes through in his work as a color analyst for Notre Dame and Thursday night NFL games, and it's clear as day when he starts ramping up for the draft. On Wednesday, Mayock held a conference call with the media to talk about next week's combine and the two months leading up to the biggest day of the offseason.

Conventional wisdom is that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is a bonafide star at the next level, often described as the "next John Elway." Not surprisingly, Mayock has Luck as his top-rated quarterback but with the understanding that Luck is, in fact, mortal.

“I don’t put him up there as a once-in-a-lifetime guy … I’m not sitting there saying he’s going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning,” he said via

Mayock thinks that Luck will blow teams away with his classroom smarts and willingly acknowledges his physical gifts. “All those top teams are going to come away saying, ‘Wow I want that guy,’“ he said.

The bigger takeaway from the conference call? Mayock is a big Robert Griffin III fan. So much so that he thinks the Browns, who currently hold the No. 4 pick, might want to give serious consideration to trading up two spots to draft him.

“You probably have the opportunity to move up and get him if you want him,” Mayock said. “To me that’s a pretty exciting proposition. (Griffin) might be most exciting offensive player in this draft.”

Mayock thought Cleveland's two first-round picks (fourth and 22nd) should be enough to get them to No. 2.

“If I were the Rams, I would be ecstatic with that deal,” he said. “If you’re moving down two slots and picking up the 22nd pick, I’d be happy with that. I would be very happy with that deal.”

One caveat (ours, not Mayock's): never underestimate what the Redskins would be willing to give up to get a guy they've fallen in love with. Assuming Peyton Manning is suddenly off everyone's board given the most recent news, and the 'Skins aren't interested in any of the other free-agent offerings, RG3 could be a distinct possibility.

“[If I'm the Browns,] I want to go get RG3," Mayock continued. "I’m going to examine free agency also, but in draft I’m looking to move up to No. 2 as opposed to No. 3. … I’d rather not give up No. 22 also, but I think that’s shortsighted when you talk about securing your future at the most important position in all of sports.”

The Browns making a move for RG3 isn't new. Here's what we wrote on January 17: mock draft experts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both have Cleveland grabbing RGIII, decisions no doubt made easier by Colt McCoy's struggles in 2011 coupled with head coach Pat Shurmur's indifferent take on McCoy's future as the starter.

And the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Tony Grossi added at the time: "I would not automatically eliminate the Baylor quarterback from consideration with the Browns' top pick simply because he is a product of the one-read, shotgun spread offense."

In fact, not only are the Browns giving serious consideration to RG3, we'd imagine that the Colts won't rush to any conclusions on Luck without evaluating Griffin. We're not saying this is like Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning back in 1998, but there's no reason for Indy not to extensively scout both players.

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Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:12 am

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

He will be there for their first pick, he might be there for there 2nd pick of the first round.

Isn't this the same team who picked Quinn at #22?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:12 am

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

The teams that ignor emayock are usually the ones that draft well.  who is this chump?  He play in the NFL for a practice squad and now he knows what's best for the teams?  OOOOHHHH, trade all your picks and draft RGIII who had one good year (ala Akili Smith and many other qbs with a great year).  He could be the next cam newton but who knows?  If I'm the browns, I trade down to the skins, get another 2nd round pick and next year's 1st round pick, and take the best player left at #6 and then take floyd, kendall wright or whatever the best player is at 22...

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:20 am

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

What would be funny to me is if the Rams just traded Bradford for those picks and drafted RGIII.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:39 pm

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

aybe get some weapons for McCoy first. I don't think Griffin or McCoy are the future of the Browns. They'd be better off getting Tannehill or Foles later and getting an actual recieving threat like Blackmon. A QB with nobody to throw to will get killed anyway. And a back like Miller from Miami because it's pretty clear that Hillis will play only if his agent tells him too.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:34 pm

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

if the browns hadnt dropped so many passes then colt would probably of made the pro bowl !!!

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:32 pm

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

Just imagine Little, Blackmon, Wright/Floyd/or Jeffries on the field with McCoy and a healthy Hillis. Dawsons run on team MVPs will stop after 8 season for sure!!

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:29 pm

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

There is no way the Browns trade anything for RG3 PERIOD!! Stay where you are at 4 and take Blackmon if hes there, McCoy isnt the problem. He didnt lead the league in drops, the Browns have zero weapons. Resign Hillis get Brandon Jackson,Eric Steinbach healthy, then take Blackmon and Floyd/Wright at 22. I promise you that McCoys numbers will be dramatically higher, every year they draft stiffs in the second round and higher and cant figure out why they are kicking field goals instead of scoring TDs. And if McCoy (with these weapons) doesnt improve, Barkley and Landry Jones are coming out next year and we will have experienced weapons for him to play with.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:04 pm

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

I have to agree with CavsFan on this one.  I don't see how anyone can even really evaluate McCoy's performance based off of last year.  Massaquoi is a glorified slot receiver, Little was a rookie, Cribbs is a return man, and their tight ends were far better blockers than anything else.  Most of the Browns WR's would have been special teams players on most other teams... if they even made the squad.  If they want to improve that offense, they need to start by obtaining some targets.  Then, if McCoy can't produce with legitimate offensive weapons... that's when you worry about replacing him.

I'm not saying it's impossible to produce with crappy receivers.  We've seen Brady do it before.  But you can't realistically keep throwing draft picks at a position until you find the next Brady... and the vast majority of QB's are going to need more help than what McCoy has been given in order to succeed.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:51 pm

Mayock: Browns should trade up for RG3

If Griffin were really as good as what evryone is saying, the Rams would also be jumping at the chance to take him. But, they are not. Rather, they are soliciting offers to move out of that position. The reason? They already have their QB; Sam Bradford. And you know what? Look at Bradford's numbers and compare them to Colt McCoy's. They are almost identical. What does that tell me? It tells me that 1. Robert Griffin is a 50/50 proposition at best, and 2. It takes a lot more than a QB to make an offense go. I can guarantee you that if (hypothetically, of course) the Browns were to grab a Trent Richardson and an Alshon Jeffrey with their 2 picks in the 1st round, and grab another receiver in free agency, McCoy will be at least 25-50% better in 2012 over 2011. The Browns have ZERO offensive weapons other than Hillis, and he was out for over half the season last year. Robert Griffin would've gotten beat up just like McCoy if they put him on that same team. McCoy is a winner. He has already shown flashes of that. He needs another year or two with some more weapons. Robert Griffin is not a franchise QB, I'm sorry.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:43 pm
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