Robert Griffin III is where he thought he’d be to start his NFL career—only four years later.
But this time he’s not looking to start his career, but rather revive it.
In 2012, Robert Griffin III thought he would end up with the Browns.
“Yeah, I did,” Griffin said in a conference call with local media. “I was just working out in Scottsdale, Arizona. Talking with my agent, we definitely thought that Cleveland was going to be where I ended up just because of the way it looked like everything was lining up. We were ready then, and we are more than ready now.”
Rumors swirled that the Browns then president, Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert were trying very hard to trade up from the number four spot to select Griffin III after the Colts would take Andrew Luck with the first pick.
The Redskins ended up trading three first-round draft choices and a second-round pick to move up four spots with the Rams to select Griffin.
The Browns did make a trade to move up one spot from four to three to draft running back Trent Richardson.
Even if the Browns draft a quarterback with the No. 2 or 32 picks, there is no guarantee that Griffin will be the Browns starting quarterback in the season opener. Whoever it is, the next starter will be the 25th in the Browns continuous carousel of quarterbacks since 1999. He was asked why he thinks he can be the guy the team has been looking for.
“Confidence is the No. 1 key when it comes to playing quarterback in the league, aside from just the things that God blessed you with,” he said. “You’ve got to be confident. I think my confidence will continually grow as I continue to work with my teammates coming up on April 4 and trusting the guys around me. They’ve got some special players there that want to win now, and I look forward to growing with them, talking with them and just not really putting everything on my shoulders to try to do it by myself. I know that those guys there can play, and I’ve just go to help them show that.”
Griffin said he’s just happy for the opportunity the Browns have given to him and even if the Browns draft a quarterback high, he says that’s okay with him.
“It’s like you said, you have to compete,” he said. “I’m just excited about the opportunity, like I said. After not playing football for a year, I’m really appreciative of the Browns stepping up and giving me an opportunity to go out and grow with their team, compete on a daily basis and lead the team. I’m really excited about that.
“If they draft a quarterback, take the guy under my wing,” he said. “I’m considered a vet now after four years in the league and I’ve been through a lot more than a lot of guys go through in their entire career. I’ve got a lot of experience. I can help a young guy, but it’s not my focus. I don’t pick the players. (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) Sashi (Brown) and Hue and all those guys will take care of that stuff, but if they draft a quarterback, it doesn’t bother me at all. I’m just ready to compete.”