2012 NFL Draft: Can Cleveland Browns Land Robert Griffin and Trent Richardson?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2012

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears looks to pass during a game against the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are in need of a serious makeover on the offensive side of the ball. Averaging 288.8 yards per game (29th in the NFL) and 13.6 points per game (30th) puts way too much pressure on a defense that was very respectable last year.

Cleveland needs to upgrade at all the offensive skilled positions as the running back spot was a mess in 2011. Colt McCoy does not look to be a franchise quarterback, and Greg Little is the only real threat at wide receiver.

Heading into the 2012 draft Cleveland holds the fourth pick and also the 26th pick in the first round, the latter pick coming to the Browns in a draft day trade with Atlanta in 2011.

It looks to be a certainty that Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert will be looking to draft an offensive player with the fourth pick. The names most often mentioned are Robert Griffin III, the Heisman winning quarterback from Baylor and Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Who will the Browns go with if both players happen to still be on the board when the Browns are on the clock with the fourth pick? Why not both?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick directly after the Browns, owning the fifth pick and have a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. It may take a pretty large offer to convince the Bucs to part with the pick, but the Browns have the ammunition to pull it off. Offering Tampa Bay the 26th pick, 36th pick plus next year's first rounder might just be enough to pull it off.

While this might seem like a steep price to pay, adding two of most explosive playmakers from the college ranks may turn around the fortunes of a franchise that needs a new direction.