Have you had enough of Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Robert Griffin III ?!?! Quite frankly, so have I. See, at LynchyRightNow, we've been confident for nearly two-years now that former Stanford signal-caller Andrew Luck was not only a mortal lock to be the top player selected whichever year he chose to come out, but more so that he deserves every bit of the hype that comes with the 'top pick' nod. Robert Griffin however, does not.
My knock on Robert Griffin is far from an uber-bias toward the Palo Alto signal-caller. To us, Grif is a product of the environment in which he'll be selected. I'll remind you that two prospects with very good resumes at the same position, Oklahoma's Landry Jones (6'4", 230 lbs.) and Southern California's Matt Barkley (6'2", 220 lbs.), both opted to return to college for another year. What their actions did has dictated the type of NFL Draft we'll see on Thursday night.
Ask yourself these three questions:
1. If either Barkley or Jones was the alternative and not Ryan Tannehill, Do the Rams get as much as they did (two future 1st round picks and a 2012 second-round pick)?
2. Would the Redskins still have been the team to move up?
3. Wasn't it referred to as 'suck for Luck' for a reason?
Here's how we answer:
1. No, both Barkley and Jones emphatically lessen the cost of Robert Griffin. In fact, just call up Mike Holmgren in Cleveland and ask him, he'll agree. He's the executive passing on Tannehill when he would like nothing more than to head into 2012 with a quarterback of his choosing.
2. Probably not, isn't head coach Mike Shanahan notoriously known for meddling? However, now we expect him to be the coach to let RG3 play his own game at the next level? Ask Donovan McNabb how he felt about his experience with Shanahan.
3. Yes, it was. It was referred to that because the Stanford quarterback is the prototype. He's intelligent enough to handle an NFL playbook right now, he's got a big arm, mobile, and doesn't lack confidence. For SI to ask the question on it's April 23rd cover, "Who should go first?," is absurd.
It may seem like we have an axe to grind with Robert Griffin but I promise you it's not. More so it's about the hype surrounding a player who is not Cam Newton, not John Elway, and not as talented as his draft-mate, Andrew Luck.
Andrew Luck is a three-year starting quarterback at one of the most demanding academic schools in the country. You want a kid who can rip through an NFL playbook and come out ready to go, who's better? How about a winner? 23-3 In his final two seasons in the collegiate ranks. You saw what 49ers quarterback Alex Smith did in his first season under Harbaugh right? Career bests in passer rating and total yards, think
When it comes to Robert Griffin, here's a player who I have serious reservations about. Comes out at his Baylor Pro-Day to his own rap music, that's focus isn't it? He doesn't have the size that Cam Newton has, that 6'5" height that Newton used in his first year at the next level seriously came into play often, height Griffin is going to have to make up for not having. At Baylor, he was spoon fed a very simplistic offense without a ton of variety. Big 12 defenses respected his ability to run so often that it limited their ability to apply pressure off the edge, that won't happen in the NFL. In a league where he is going to have to audible out at the line, read who is looking to get after him, and adjust to an entirely different pro system he's never seen before, is instant success really a guarantee?
Before you sit back and call them 1A and 1B, know it isn't that simple and it sure isn't even true. As much as Robert Griffin wants to tell you and everyone around him wants to tell you that this draft contains two top picks, it doesn't. . .
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