The Cleveland Browns released a troubled 2014 first-round draft pick this offseason, and have now signed a troubled 2012 first-round draft pick. The two quarerbacks' troubles are completely different, with the former Browns quarterback, Johnny Manziel, struggling with off-the-field issues, while the new Browns quarterback's issues have been based on regaining confidence on the field:
IT'S OFFICIAL.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 24, 2016
Welcome to the #DawgPound, Robert Griffin III!
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The Washington Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second-overall pick in the 2012 Draft, having paid a ransom of draft picks to the St. Louis Rams in order to jump up into the position. Griffin, a Hesiman trophy winning quarterback from Baylor, looked like an amazing pick in his rookie year, when he threw for 3,200 yards on 65.6 percent completion rate with 20 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions, giving him a 102.4 passer rating for the year and earning the Rookie of the Year award and a Pro Bowl berth.
Things have not gone so well since that 2012 campaign, with a major knee injury sidelining Griffin, who then struggled to become a pocket passer, rather than a running quarterback, and never seemed to fully adjust to his new role. He never saw the field in 2015, finishing his Redskins career with a 14-21 record as a starter, 8,097 yards passing with 40 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, a 63.9 percent completion rate, and a 90.6 passer rating.
In comparison, Andrew Luck, who was selected first overall in the 2012 Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, has thrown for 14,838 yards on a 58.1 completion percentage, with 101 touchdowns and 55 interceptions, giving him an 85.0 passer rating and a 35-20 record as a starter. Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was selected six picks after Griffin, has thrown for 15,460 yards on a 61.9 percent completion rate, with 87 touchdowns and 54 interceptions, with a 85.2 passer rating and a 29-35 record as a starter.
The Browns could now look to move quarterback Josh McCown, who started eight games for the team last year, going 1-7 in that span. He threw for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in those games, recording a 93.3 passer rating. The New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos could also bee interested in McCown.
Griffin's presence with the Browns could also change the landscape of next month's draft. If the Browns feel he is there starting quarterback, and that he will be able to hold down the position for several years, they may choose to not draft a quarterback with the second overall pick, as most mock draft currently project.