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Mel Kiper: Cleveland Browns Will Draft Robert Griffin III

The NFL trade rumors are heating up already, and the 2012 NFL Draft is still three months away. On Thursday, Mel Kiper of ESPN boldly proclaimed that the Cleveland Browns will draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. That could be good news to the St. Louis Rams since the Browns would likely have to trade up in order to land RG3.

Kiper holds out the possibility of the Browns drafting RG3 with their fourth pick, but with other teams, including the Dolphins and the Redskins, also thought the be interested, they may have no choice but to trade up. Kiper notes that the fourth spot would be an attractive one for the Rams since they would likely still be able to draft either USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

The fourth spot would be a fitting place for Blackmon, and Kalil would likely be gone, since he's considered to be the best prospect in the draft behind Andrew Luck and RG3.

Kiper's words carried the ring of inevitability.

I think they've pretty much resolved themselves to the fact they're going to go that route.They're probably going to kick Colt McCoy to the curb. That's what happens to a lot of young quarterbacks that don't have great physical qualifications.

Much could happen between then and now, and Kiper even notes the possibility of the Browns swinging a deal for Packers' backup Matt Flynn.