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2012 Draft Dossier: Robert Griffin III

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Published: March 30, 2012

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  • Name: Robert Griffin
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 220
  • School: Baylor
  • Year: Redshirt Junior
  • Draft Projection: 1st Round (2nd Overall)

In most other years, Robert Griffin would be a lock for the number overall pick.  The intelligent, charismatic quarterback with the smooth release and quirky wardrobe has endeared himself to fans and front offices alike.  WhileGriffinis certainly a sensational athlete, he is not a guy who relies on his legs to be dynamic.  He uses his legs to open up passing windows as opposed to opening up running lanes.  Perhaps nobody in this draft throws a better deep ball thanGriffin.  His ability to fire darts from sideline to sideline leaves little doubt about his arm strength, and most importantly, he hits receivers on the numbers and in stride, offering them the ability to pick up yardage after the catch.  Despite a big-time arm, he shows nice touch in the short and intermediate passing game and seldom relies on his arm strength to force throws. 

Despite the recent hype, it is tough to seeGriffinon the same level as Andrew Luck as a prospect; Luck’s just in another tier when it comes to development.  However, that does not preventGriffinfrom being an elite prospect in his own right.  You only really worry about his ability to take hits and his ability to read plays at the line, which is an area Luck excels.  But those are traits that most quarterbacks lack entering the league, andGriffinhas the type of work ethic and physical ability to easily overcome those deficiencies. Washington’s heavy price to move up number two in the draft should prove to be well worth it in the end.

Fantasy Impact…With only one standout running back prospect, and a wide receiver crop that looks to have good but not great talent, Griffin has an excellent case to be the third player off the board in rookie drafts.  Cornerstone quarterbacks have taken on increased value in dynasty leagues andGriffin is one of the better quarterback prospects in recent memory.  At the very least, he is a top five pick, a guy who can contribute from day one and a potentially elite signal-caller long-term.

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