Robert Griffin III: Baylor QB Will Move Up NFL Draft Boards After Alamo Bowl

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterDecember 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears speaks at a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III might be the hottest commodity in football right now, college or NFL.

The star quarterback at Baylor came out of nowhere in 2011 to upend Stanford's Andrew Luck for the Heisman Trophy and, with Luck all but sharpie'd in as the No. 1 pick, might be the most clamored-over kid in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Oh, and his Bears did pretty well, too, winning nine games for the first time in 25 years.

Not surprisingly, all eyes will be on RG3 when he takes the field against the Washington Huskies in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night. College football fans who didn't get to watch Griffin work his magic during the season will be tuning in en masse see what all the fuss is about.

And there will be no shortage of NFL coaches and scouts in attendance in the Alamo Dome, looking to take a few more notes before reshuffling their draft boards heading into the spring.

The Washington Redskins appear to be the team most eager to land RG3. The 'Skins have gone far too long without a franchise quarterback, with Jason Campbell coming closest to serving that role in recent years. The platoon between Rex Grossman and John Beck proved to be just as untenable as everyone predicted coming into the 2011 season, and it appears that the patience of owner Daniel Snyder has finally worn thin enough for him to chase after a big-time signal caller in the draft.

Of course, nabbing Griffin will be no easy task for the football folks in DC, and not just because he's a world-class athlete with Superman socks.The 'Skins are currently stuck at No.7 in the draft order, two spots behind the Cleveland Browns, who appear prepared to throw in the towel on Colt McCoy and start fresh with a new quarterback for head coach Pat Shurmur.

Shurmur is expected to have an eye on the Alamo Bowl and has already spoken fondly of RG3's tremendous talents:

Even the Browns, though, are hardly guaranteed to pick up Griffin without pulling a few strings and sacrificing some assets. Should the Indianapolis Colts lose out on Luck to the St. Louis Rams, they could opt instead to take Griffin with the No. 2 pick.

If Griffin makes it out of the top two, he could just as easily go to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 or the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 4, depending on how strongly the former feel about Christian Ponder and the latter about Blaine Gabbert.

Then again, there's always the chance that RG3 won't be available at all. He's still just a junior, has long professed his fondness for Baylor and seems intent to continue his education at some point, in some form or fashion. He's already finished up his undergraduate work and is currently involved in graduate studies, with an eye toward attending law school in the future.

And it's not like RG3 would be the first top-five-caliber quarterback to spurn the draft. Luck gave up the chance to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and USC's Matt Barkley opted to return for his senior season even though everyone had him pegged as the second-best eligible signal caller.

Either way, the lights will be bright and hot all over Robert Griffin III at the Alamo Bowl. How he handles the heat and the pressure will go a long way toward cementing not only his collegiate legacy, but also his pro potential.