Originally written on Legend of Cecilio Guante  |  Last updated 3/12/12

No RGIII miracles by the Lake.

Cecilio’s Scribe posed the question last week, and The Redskins/Daniel Snyder?/Bruce Allen?/Mike Shannahan? answered on Friday night.  That has to be a straight Dan Snyder move, right? The Redskins not only jumped into the bidding pool for the Ram’s #2 pick (a.k.a. RGIII), they did a cannonball and created a tidal wave that tossed the Cleveland Browns out of the swap.  The Skins traded up four spots in this April’s draft and gave the Rams the number 6 pick this year, the number 39 pick this year (2nd Rounder), their First round pick next year (2013), and their First round pick the following year (2014).  How can you afford to match that sort of ammo if you are the Browns?

The Browns were the best positioned team in the NFL to move up to #2 and snag RGIII because they own the 4 spot and the 22 in this year’s draft (thank you Falcons! Did Julio Jones get you to the Super Bowl yet? No? Oh.).  While I generally prefer the Browns to hoard draft picks, I had started coming around on the RGIII thing at a reasonable price. I realize RGIII is the man.  Friend of the LOCG, the Big Dog, is the most fervent Baylor supporter I’ve ever encountered, so I’ve heard about RGIII for years.  Dude is great.  He made Baylor football relevant.  But when you desperately need WR help and O-line help, like 1 or 2 starting guards and a starting right tackle. And you also need a pass rushing DE, a young OLB, and younger players in the secondary, not to mention the RB “situation”, doesn’t 3 picks in the top 40 of this year’s draft sound nice?  Along with, you know, still having First round picks in 2013 and 2014.

Any RGIII would of’s, could of’s, or should of’s must eventually end with a reality check.  The Browns will not get RGIII or Andrew Luck.  The 2011 Browns QB play was below average.   The Browns also had an alarming amount of trouble catching the ball, getting open, and pass blocking. A quarterback cannot function well when his team doesn’t pass block, get open, and catch the ball.  They also struggled running the ball. Their D was okay, better, but they still have to get younger at spots.

The good news is that there is some hope if the Browns can draft well (which they have in the Heckert/Holmgren era).  What if Heckert lands a starting WR in the draft (maybe Mr. Blackmon?), and a starting right tackle, and a 2nd round RB/CB/DE/or even QB?  And what if the Browns pick up RG Eric Steinbach’s price tag?  And if they add a couple of useful veterans in free agency?  We’re talking improvement.

Missing out on RGIII will be okay. The RGIII hysteria is at least part ESPN hype, right? And the trade is a huge gamble by a franchise with a cherckered recent past that is sagging as much as the Browns, right?  The Brownies will be okay. Party on Colt.

 

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