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By Jonathan Bales

2012 Draft Series: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

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In my 2012 Skill Position Rankings, I had Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III ahead of Stanford’s Andrew Luck.  Today, I posted my scouting report on RGIII over at Roto Experts.  From that report:

Robert Griffin will probably be the second-most athletic quarterback in the history of the NFL, behind only Michael Vick. He possesses natural feet and can make things happen on the ground. Despite his speed, Griffin keeps his eyes downfield at all times. His arm is his primary weapon, and his legs are a nice backup option.

As a passer, the main thing I like about Griffin is his ability to throw from different angles. Great quarterbacks find a way to get the receiver the football, and Griffin can do that regardless of the position of his arm. He has good but not great arm strength, but plenty of touch.  When pressured, Griffin can re-set his feet as quickly as any quarterback I’ve seen.

Some of you asked how I could put RGIII ahead of Luck, and there’s your answer.  I realize Luck is a very athletic, but there’s a difference between proficient running ability and play-making running ability.  Luck will stay out of trouble with his legs.  RGIII, although not quite Vick, will make plays with his legs.

For dynasty fantasy owners, I like RGIII’s long-term upside more than that of Luck.

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One Response to 2012 Draft Series: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

  1. john coleman says:

    Only time will tell. For the record, I still think you’ve bumped your head.

    As I said on another post, I think RGIII’s legs will not look as good against NFL speed. He also had better learn to get down quick. I see him as frail.

    I also question his ability to throw the whole route tree. I see short passes and deep throws on his tape. It remains to be seen if he can throw possession throws into good coverage.

    I do think he is surely the 2nd best in the draft. I also think, as most, that he is better than say Vick at this stage of his career. I don’t see him as having the upside of Cam. Truthfully, what can he do that Russell Wilson can’t?

    Talk about a steal, Wison may just prove to be that. He has good feet and can make the throws. He also has good football IQ. Learning an offensive system in a month is nothing to sneeze at. Just look a the numbers from last year and the way Wisconsin lost. Wilson is way underrated because he is 5-11. What he is is a winner, who will lift the level of play around him. At the very least he is a great backup in a year or two.

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