RG3 was very good this year, but a couple of years from now we may be calling him a poor man's KP1. Go Huskies!
What we like:
Absolute world class athlete, will be best athlete on the field on most downs
Work ethic appears unmatched according to reports
Graduated college early, great student
Collegiate production was unmatched, as evidenced by Heisman win
Excellent completion percentage
Throws a very good deep ball
Will face coverages akin to those faced by Tim Tebow, but with better arm talent
What we don’t like:
Not exactly ideal size, combine may reveal him to be much lighter, and shorter
Despite solid deep ball doesn’t have elite arm strength
Doesn’t come from a pro style offense, comes from simplified read-option offense
Accuracy is overstated by gimmicky offense
Robert Griffin III has become something of a trendy pick as players like Cam Newton and Tim Tebow have had varying degrees of success in the NFL. Every decade it seems like we see a push for mobile-quarterbacks and a handful come out of the draft and have some success, but rarely elite success in the NFL. Perhaps this bunch is a better bunch, as guys like Newton and Jake Locker figure to be solid passers also, but all too often these kinds of quarterbacks come from offenses that make their skills hard to translate into an impatient NFL, just like Tebow. Griffin will probably be drafted very high, and that means additional pressure for him to play and succeed early. By all accounts, he’s got a world class work ethic to match his athleticism, and if anybody has the intangibles to become a prolific passer as well as runner, it’s Griffin. It seems just as likely though that he’ll fall victim to a coaching change or general impatience at his position of he isn’t successful early on.
Griffin possesses some of the physical attributes that make him attractive to a team like the Seahawks that run a West Coast Offense. However, he doesn’t make a lot of pre-snap reads, he doesn’t have a ton of experience under the center or running play action, and he’ll likely be starting from ground zero when it comes to footwork.
Not to mention, the Seahawks will probably have to trade up to draft Griffin. Washington figures to be interested in Griffin at pick No. 6, and even Cleveland may be interesting him at No. 4. If either of those teams attempt to draft him, his cost to the Seahawks will likely change from a top draft pick, to several high draft picks.