2012 NFL Draft: RG III Gone, 7 Options for the Browns at No. 4

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2012 NFL Draft: RG III Gone, 7 Options for the Browns at No. 4
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One's an ego-maniac with zero self-awareness, the other's Tom Cruise.

"For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation." - Charles Baudelaire

Three first round picks. Ad minimum. The Browns may have needed to offer their two in 2012 plus 2013 and 2014 to top the Redskins' offer. In which case, I'm almost worried we considered it. 

I hope every Browns fan who learned that reality late last night or early this morning flinched. No player in NFL history merits the investment of four first-round picks from a rebuilding franchise.

Bleacher Report's
own Barbara Bruno said it best: do you really want to play chicken with Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins? Sign-the-most-recognizable-guy-in-the-offseason-every-offseason-cost-be-darned Dan Snyder, when this offseason, that guy happens to be Robert Griffin III?

The Browns have a better chance of competing for a Super Bowl than getting an available player Dan Snyder fancies.

That said, say what you will about Randy Lerner's loyalty to Aston Villa FC, but Snyder is on an entirely different level of signing aging, expensive and ineffective veterans who set the franchise back multiple seasons. 

So, now that RG III can exit our system this morning, who, if anyone, would return our investment at that No. 4 spot? 

You can follow Brian on Twitter @StepanekButton

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