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With the Washington Redskins making a deal with the St. Louis Rams to acquire the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, it is a forgone conclusion that they will be selecting Baylor Heisman-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. It has been widely reported that the Cleveland Browns were in the race to acquire the passer, but were not aggressive enough.
That statement can be deciphered two different ways. One, the Browns were desperately pursuing Griffin. Or, two, Cleveland just pulled off one heck of a smoke and mirrors job to acquire the player that would have been out of their reach: Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon.
Before Griffin's dramatic rise up NFL draftboards, it was in the popular opinion amongst Browns fans that the area they needed the most help was wide receiver, and that Blackmon was the best option in 2012. Somewhere along the line, in a haze of an RGIII media blitz, that opinion got pushed to the backburner. With RGIII now off the board, that option slides back on the table.
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