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Redskins' Griffin thought he'd land in Cleveland

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Robert Griffin III was just like the rest of the pundits, who equated need to desire and projected the Cleveland Browns would find the means necessary to move up and draft the Baylor quarterback.

"Once I declared for the draft, Cleveland was a place I thought I would be," Griffin said. "Just because they had the most firepower when it came to draft picks and tradability."

That didn't happen, of course, with the Browns ultimately being outbid by the Washington Redskins. Washington dealt the sixth pick in the first round, its second-round pick and two future first-rounders to land the player coach Mike Shanahan believes to be a franchise-lifting passer.

Griffin spoke at the NFL rookie symposium this week in Ohio, in addition to participating with the incoming draft class, and spoke about the recent extortion attempt. A former Baylor basketball walk-on allegedly threatened Griffin's agent, Ben Dogra, that he would release negative information about Griffin if he wasn't paid a large sum of money.

"There's vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money," he said.
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