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2012 NFL Draft: Teams That Need Robert Griffin III to Save Franchise

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2012

Robert Griffin III officially declared for the 2012 NFL draft on Wednesday, and there a number of teams that should do whatever it takes to land the Heisman Trophy winner. 

This dual-threat quarterback can easily beat defenders with his legs, but because he thinks pass first, he's going to be a big star in the NFL. 

It's a quarterback league, and when you have one as athletic as RGIII, your team is going to immediately get better. 

With that said, here are three teams whose franchise would be saved if they landed Robert Griffin III. 

 

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have a very realistic chance of landing RGIII with the sixth pick of the first round. However, there could be a team that trades up ahead of them to steal him away.  

If Mike Shanahan wants to ensure his job status is fine, he needs to draft RGIII. Washington isn't a bad team, but horrible play from the QB is taking this team nowhere. 

With a legitimate QB, the Redskins will definitely be able to contend in the tough NFC East. Rex Grossman and John Beck aren't going to cut it, which is why Washington has to get RGIII. 

He may not be the style of QB Shanahan is used to, but there's no denying his ability to make plays and win games, and that's why the Redskins desperately need him. 


Cleveland Browns 

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Team president Mike Holmgren of the Cleveland Browns looks on during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the fourth pick of the first round, the Browns have several options. The teams selecting before them don't need RGIII and aren't likely to trade back, so there should be no problem for Cleveland to select the former Baylor QB. 

Sure, the Redskins could trade up to get him, but I don't see them doing it. They should, but they'll likely sit back and hope he falls there way. 

Along with RGIII, Cleveland will be looking at Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon with its first of two first-round picks. All would be great additions, but it's RGIII that is going to help this team the most. 

There are still good receivers available at No. 22, Cleveland's second pick of the first round, meaning they should wait till then to get a wideout and just select RGIII at No. 4. Colt McCoy isn't cutting it, and RGIII could easily step in and upgrade the Browns in a major way. 

 

Miami Dolphins 

At No. 9, the Dolphins are going to have to trade up to get RGIII, but it would be the smartest move they've made in years. 

Miami already has offensive weapons for him to use, and is working on building a better offensive line. They might focus on defense with the No. 9 pick, but jumping up to fill their biggest need is the Dolphins best bet. 

If the Dolphins wish to make the playoffs anytime soon, they have to upgrade at QB. Matt Moore did an OK job stepping in for Chad Henne, but he isn't the longtime answer.

RGIII would save the Dolphins by winning more games, and exciting the fan base so much they start supporting the team more. 

 

 

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