2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns, Missing Pieces and the Robert Griffin III Saga

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2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns, Missing Pieces and the Robert Griffin III Saga
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Could a once-in-a-generation quarterback reverse the Browns' fortunes without a solid foundation?

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

-Henry Ford

Part III in a Five-Part Series

Perhaps the hype surrounding Robert Griffin III accumulated partially in conjunction with Cam Newton's astoundingly successful rookie campaign with the Carolina Panthers. Let's look at some of the pieces surrounding Newton:

Steve Smith, 79 catches, 1,394 yards, 7 TDs
DeAngelo Williams, 836 rush yards, 7 TDs
Jonathan Stewart, 765 rush yards, 5 TDs

Can the Browns identify a 1,300+ yard receiver, ready to go for RGIII? Or for that matter, the necessary personnel to constitute a 1,500+ yard rushing attack?

If the Browns drafted Robert Griffin III, it would take a rookie campaign of historical proportions to propel the Browns even to a 6-10 record in 2012.

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Part I: Colt McCoy and the Bernie Kosar Complex

Part II: Colt McCoy vs. Notable QB's in Their First 16 Starts

Part IV: The AFC North and the Case for Robert Griffin III

Part V: The Browns' Recipe for AFC North Success 

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