Where will the Heisman Trophy winner fall in this year’s NFL Draft? That’s a big question heading into the April draft as Robert Griffin III is one of the most dynamic talents available this season. Many teams need a quarterback and yet Griffin might fall past the top three picks unless a major trade is made. If so, the Cleveland Browns might reap the benefits — according to Mel Kiper’s latest mock at least.
Kiper writes, “If a team moves ahead of the Browns for Griffin, they also could be in play for Blackmon, or even the guy I have at No. 5, Trent Richardson. However, the questions on Colt McCoy’s ceiling as a starting NFL quarterback are getting louder, and if the Browns don’t go after a solution such as Matt Flynn, a quarterback certainly could be in play here. Griffin made big strides this past season, particularly with his deep accuracy. He is a big-time athlete at the quarterback position but has developed a very good pocket presence and the ability to read the game, and his big arm comes with a nice touch on intermediate throws. He is a leader and has intangibles that should really impress evaluators during the draft process.”
Griffin has truly bloomed this season to become the hottest stock leading up the draft. If not for the immortal Andrew Luck locked in at No. 1, he’d be under consideration for first player taken. That said, other teams will be fighting for him immediately following that first selection.