Robert Griffin III Expected to Enter 2012 NFL Draft
Mortensen reports that Griffin’s father stated that it’s not necessarily a matter of if, but when, “When Robert makes this official .. and selects the right agent to represent him.”
Griffin has risen up the draft boards in 2011, going from what people perceived as a scrambling athletic quarterback, to a potential franchise quarterback at the next level.
After all others saw Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley as the main Heisman Trophy candidates, Griffin snuck in the voting, and won the prestigious honor.
As of now, the first five teams in the 2012 NFL Draft look to be Indianapolis, Minnesota, St. Louis, Jacksonville, and Cleveland.
Andrew Luck is nearly guaranteed to be the first overall pick. But some are speculating that Griffin could be the second overall selection.
Minnesota drafted Christian Ponder in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. They wouldn’t take another first round quarterback would they?
St. Louis drafted Sam Bradford #1 overall in 2010, and the Rams already threw big money at him. Would it not make sense for them to try and put weapons around him and develop him?
Jacksonville drafted Blaine Gabbert in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and it doesn’t seem likely that they’d take another one.
We obviously know that Indianapolis will take a quarterback with either the #1 or #2 selection.
That leaves Cleveland, where the talks of Colt McCoy being a franchise quarterback has dissipated after a disappointing 2011 season.
RGIII is going to cause some trouble at the top end of the 2012 NFL Draft. Expect teams to move up and down, and try and position themselves to draft him. Miami and Washington are two capable suitors to trade up as well.
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