2012 NFL Draft: Power Ranking Robert Griffin III's Possible Destinations

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIJanuary 18, 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 race for Robert Griffin III will be the best storyline of the early part of the draft. He's a quarterback, so don't be surprised to see teams reach for him. But just because he's talented and the Heisman Trophy winner doesn't mean RG3 should be reached for by everyone.

3. Cleveland Browns

Griffin going to Cleveland would be a situation doomed for failure on both ends. That's not to say that Colt McCoy is the answer at quarterback, but they have greater needs that have to be filled first. The most notable hole is that the Browns have next to nothing in terms of offensive playmakers. 

For any quarterback to succeed, you need to have some weapons. That is part of the reason why the latest mock from Steve Wyche of NFL.com is so puzzling. He has the Browns moving from No. 4 to No. 2 and taking Griffin. 

The Browns are in a position where they need to draft playmakers to build a foundation for the quarterback. That means guys like Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery, Lamar Miller, Kendall Wright, etc. 

With solid players around McCoy, the Browns will actually have a chance to see what they have in him. Without those kinds of players, it's an incomplete grading process. 

The other problem is that, barring another team making a trade, the Browns will not need to trade up to get Griffin. The Colts will take Andrew Luck, while the Rams and Vikings all have greater needs. But whether it's in a trade or with the existing pick, the Browns have more pressing needs.

Grade for Browns: C-

Grade for Griffin: C

2. Miami Dolphins

In ESPN's, AFC East Blog, James Walker said that the Dolphins could possibly move up from the eight or nine slot to pick in the top three. 

Miami’s pick will be too low to land Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III in April’s draft. It’s possible the Dolphins could look to move up into the top three picks.

Let's explore what that trade would bring. From one end, the Dolphins have been looking for a quarterback since Dan Marino's retirement after the 1999 season. Griffin would be that guy. 

But despite having Brandon Marshall and a decent running game, the Dolphins lack what it's going to take to compete in the AFC East. Their team is not deep enough. They need help in the secondary, with receiver depth and anywhere on the line. 

Matt Moore is not a franchise quarterback, but he's a good enough placeholder for a year or two. Trading up would likely cost the Dolphins an opportunity to gain depth on the team with later picks.

From Griffin's perspective, this would not be a terrible move. I would see it on par with Cam Newton and the Panthers in 2011. The big receiver is there, the running game weapons are there, but the overall team is not.

Griffin would put up big numbers, but that would come at the expense of building a competitive team. The Dolphins would have a big-name quarterback, but success would not come for a long time.

Grade for Dolphins: C-

Grade for Griffin: B-

1. Washington Redskins

As things stand now, this is the most sensible landing spot for Griffin. The Colts will take Luck, the Rams have Sam Bradford, the Vikings have Christian Ponder, the Browns have Colt McCoy (and bigger needs) and the Buccaneers have Josh Freeman. 

That leaves the Redskins at No. 6, who would have no choice but to take Griffin. This is a franchise that has lacked a franchise quarterback for a long time. Even when they won three Super Bowls between 1982 and 1991, Washington had three different starting quarterbacks. 

The pieces are in place for this team to compete in the NFC East. Remember that, despite the Giants' appearance in the NFC Championship Game, they are a 9-7 team. But the Redskins will never be seriously competitive without a quarterback to build around.

In Tim Hightower and Roy Helu, a running game is in place. Santana Moss is old, but he's still an effective receiver. With Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan rushing the passer, Washington's defense is in place for a long time. 

But beyond the needs, what makes this the best move for the Redskins is that they won't have to do something stupid (like trade up) to get him. Washington has to draft Griffin and plan for the future with him under center. 

Grade for Redskins: A-

Grade for Griffin: B+