2012 NFL Draft Order: Cleveland Browns Must Take Robert Griffin with No. 4 Pick

Luis BatlleContributor IJanuary 11, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This team has got to be crossing its fingers for another Derek Anderson.

Yet, perhaps this Cleveland Browns team will get an even better QB to anchor the troops to a postseason appearance.

The Cleveland Browns have struggled mightily in past years, going 18-46 in their last four seasons. The last winning season for the team was a 10-6 finish under Anderson in 2007. It's an organization hoping the NFL draft changes some of that Luck.

With the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Browns have the option of potentially trading up to take Andrew Luck or staying put and taking Baylor QB-sensation Robert Griffin III. 

Plain and simple—RGIII is the answer for this football team.

In order to trade up  to draft Luck, the Cleveland Browns will either be giving up quality players or quality draft picks that the organization could use to help them continue to build a stronger team.

It is not only a poor decision to trade up, but one that has no merit. The league has yet to see QB Andrew Luck take a snap at the professional level. For all we know, Griffin will be the more dominant force at the position in the league.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner took the college football world by storm in his junior season with the Baylor Bears.

A 1-7 Bears team just two seasons ago jumped to 7-6 last season with Griffin behind center.

This season the team would move up to 10-3, featuring three wins against ranked opponents and one win against a top-five opponent in Oklahoma. What made the win over the Sooners all the more impressive was the near-perfect show Griffin put on display, as he threw for a whopping 479 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and ran for 72 yards.

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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This season Griffin was a force at the QB position, throwing for 4,293 yards—a mark that stands at No. 6 in the nation. He would also add on 37 touchdowns, just six interceptions and an impressive 72 percent throwing the football.

What makes Griffin different from most QBs in this draft class is that his accuracy throwing the football is nearly unmatched. His 72.8 completion percentage was ranked No. 3 in the nation, while Luck's 71.3 ranked No. 7.

His ability to make tough throws on post routes and keep the ball away from the secondary was something to watch this season.

Aside from his accuracy, which helps his transition into the NFL tremendously, his athleticism and ability to create time and extend plays with his feet will be keys. This season Griffin ran for a whopping 699 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Can you say Tim Tebow-type numbers?

This skill is one that separates Griffin from a number of QBs not only in the draft class but in the league today. The Browns are a team that have lacked any sort of explosive talent at the position in recent years and could use a talent like Griffin to help the Browns make noise offensively.

This is a talented group defensively with a solid secondary that has shut down the majority of teams it face. Boasting the No. 2 pass defense in football, the Browns' issues are not on defensive.

With this No. 4 pick, every sign points to taking the 2011 Heisman winner in the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin III has a plethora of different assets to offer to this Browns team and will undoubtedly be the most solid pick for the team with that selection in the draft.