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Could Cowboys Be Surprise RG3 Team?



    The St. Louis Rams came out the other day and said publicly that they are openly willing to move their No. 2 pick in April's NFL draft. You see, the Indianapolis Colts seem poised to select Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick, and the consensus No. 2 player on the board is Baylor QB/Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who wowed people with his 40-yard dash time at last week's NFL combine.

    But the Rams have a young, possibly franchise quarterback in former Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, which is probably a big reason Jeff Fisher came out of his hiatus to take the Rams job.

    SI's Peter King reported that the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are all interested in paying a boatload and moving up in the draft to have the chance to select RG3. But King also said a source told him there is a "team you would never expect" that had at least inquired about the possibility of swapping with the Rams for their coveted No. 2 pick.

    That begs the question: Would the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones, who always loves making a splash, trade up for the chance to draft Griffin.

    There would be two options. One, they could trade Tony Romo to a team that feels they just need a quarterback upgrade to be an instant contender. Or two, they move up, draft Griffin and let him marinate on the bench for a couple of years as Romo is hitting the twilight of his career very soon.

    Swapping Romo for Griffin, essentially, would set the team back a few years. As talented as Griffin is, he would be a rookie quarterback in the NFL, and those rarely succeed at a high level. But Romo is about 10 years older than Griffin, so the future would be bright. Jones seems to believe the Cowboys are in a posiiton to win a Super Bowl, and as crazy as that might sound he's far from the only person feeling that way. This trade would eliminate that possibility. As of right now, Romo is a proven commodity at quarterback. Griffin is a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, most of whom fail at the NFL level.

    So in summation, if the Cowboys want to somehow find a way to draft Griffin and let him learn under Romo, go ahead. It probably wouldn't bode too well for the rest of the roster. But to trade Romo and bring in Griffin to start immediately would set the team back, and don't expect Jerry to pull the trigger on that.