The 2012 NFL Draft is approaching and there are many teams in need of a franchise quarterback.
Depending on what Indianapolis does with Peyton Manning, they’ll need someone to replace him. With the first overall pick in this year’s draft it’s pretty clear that the Colts will be taking Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
After the Colts there are teams like the Dolphins, Redskins, Browns, Seahawks and others who are looking to find their quarterback of the future. Since Luck is likely to go first overall, that leaves Baylor’s Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III as the next best available quarterback.
Griffin’s athletic ability is undeniably spectacular. We’re talking about a guy who participated in the Olympic trials in hurdles and lasted until the semi-finals. In high school he was named the Gatorade Texas Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He’s got long arms and long legs to help him escape from defenders in the pocket.
He finished his 2011 college season throwing for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He had a 72.4 completion percentage and a 189.5 quarterback rating (second best in the nation). He also finished with 699 rushing yards with 10 rushing touchdowns.
The reason I bring up Griffin’s tremendous athletic ability is because Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan loves quarterbacks with elite athleticism. Combine that with Griffin’s intangibles and you’ve got a great fit.
The only problem is that it’s unlikely Griffin will fall all the way down to the sixth overall pick. The Cleveland Browns, who could also be in the RG3 market, select at fourth overall. If the Browns are interested in Griffin, then the Redskins will need to trade up.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported in January that the Redskins would be willing to trade up saying, “execs I talk to expect Washington to make a move for St. Louis’ No. 2 overall slot in the draft, and select whichever quarterback doesn’t go first overall (at this point, it looks like Griffin).”
If the Redskins don’t get RG3, they’ll find another quarterback. It became clear this season that neither Rex Grossman or John Beck are your quarterback of the future.