RG3 burst on the scene in 2011 and edged out Andrew Luck for the Heisman trophy. The Baylor senior finished this season with 3,998 passing yards (333 YPG) and 36 TDs with only 6 INTs. The dual threat QB also added 161 carries for 644 yards and 9 rushing TDs.
It’s all but a lock that Luck is going to Indy but Griffin is in the discussion as early as #2 with multiple teams looking to trade up to secure a franchise QB.
The Washington Post expects Mike Shanahan to strongly consider a QB with the Redskins first round pick and mentions RG3 as a strong possibility.
Bleacher Report writer Ryan Rudnansky predicts that RG3 will be a better pro than Cam Newton.
DraftSite.com are predicting Griffin to come off the board with the 4th overall pick to Cleveland (as the Colt McCoy experiment appears to be reaching an end).
WalterFootball.com ranks Griffin as a top 15 pick and Matt Barkley’s decision to stay in school could vault Griffin into the top 10.
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The 2011 draft saw five QBs (Newton, Locker, Gabbert, Ponder and Dalton) come off the board in the first two rounds and they have seen varying degrees of success. This year’s crop isn’t quite as deep but might provide at least two prospects with franchise QB skills. Andrew Luck is viewed by many as the next Peyton Manning but those teams that end up with consolation prize RG3 might not be very disappointed.
Griffin’s dual threat ability, accuracy and big arm have many NFL GMs drooling. He has been compared to Mike Vick except he’s 2 inches taller and doesn’t have any dog fighting convictions to our knowledge.
Griffin III is just the third player in college football history to have over 10,000 yards passing (10,071) and 2,000 rushing (2,197). We fully expect that he’ll have a better career at the next level than the other two that share the same records (Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick).
Multiple teams might be looking to trade into the top 5 to secure a shot at a franchise QB. Jacksonville (could they admit Gabbert is a bust after one season) , Cleveland, Washington, Miami and Kansas City will have draft picks in the top 15 and could be looking to package several draft picks for a chance at RG3.