The Cleveland Browns have been one of the more active teams at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and are beginning to make some noise around the NFL with rumors of their draft day intentions. As the 2012 NFL Draft nears closer, the organization (one of the most flexible in the league) has not been shy about making themselves known to the media.
The Browns are one of only a few teams in the draft that may have the ammunition to move up in the first round, but will likely pay a heavy price for only a couple of higher selections. The St.Louis Rams still look like they would be the best suitor for Cleveland in a trade situation as they would move from the second overall position to the fourth. However, the Browns would also have to forfeit the 22nd overall selection that they obtained from the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Robert Griffin III has been at the top of the Browns' rumor list for the past several weeks and the talks have gotten even louder after Griffin's astonishing combine performance over the weekend. The Browns would likely have to move up to the second or third spot to select Griffin and also fend off other teams that will likely propose offers to the Rams or Minnesota Vikings.
Griffin added fuel to the fire on Sunday when he joined the combine set with NFL Network personalities. Griffin responded "yes" with a wide grin when asked if he had interviewed with the Browns on Saturday night. Griffin also said that he talked briefly with head coach Pat Shurmur while the players were working out on field Sunday. It is worthy to note that Griffin also met with roughly 7-10 other teams, but few have the leverage that Cleveland has in the first round.
Cleveland seems to be intrigued by the former Baylor Bear as are many teams that are looking for a quarterback early in the draft. Griffin helped his status by running an official 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds and actually bested NFL Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton, on a side-by-side view that was shown on television throughout the day.
Griffin also posted a vertical jump of 39 inches and has made headlines without even throwing a football. He is scheduled to throw at Baylor University's pro-day on March 21.
The Browns were also looking at other offensive positions throughout the weekend in Indianapolis.
Cleveland has been looking to fill a significant void at the wide receiver position since they missed on their selections of Mohammed Massaqoui and Brian Robiskie in the 2009 NFL Draft. But the team now seems keen on filling that position during the 2012 offseason, and looks as if they are beginning their preparations to make a move at wideout during the upcoming draft.
According to a report posted on SB Nation, the Browns held a personal interview with former Iowa University receiver, Marvin McNutt, at the NFL Combine. McNutt is currently projected as mid-second to late-third round receiver with a tremendous upside.
According to a story the Iowa Gazette posted on Saturday February 25, "McNutt posted the best statistical season of any receiver in Iowa history last year. He posted 82 catches for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns, all three either tying or breaking school records. He also owns career records for most receiving yards (2,861) and receiving touchdowns (28). He ranks second in career catches (170)"
It is unclear at this point who else Cleveland held interviews with, but many expect the Browns to interview all the Top 10 prospects before the weekend is complete.