NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III's Best Suitors Inside the Top 10

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2012

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears looks to pass during a game against the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Baylor's Robert Griffin III has yet to make his decision to go pro or return to school for his final year of eligibility, but given his incredible 2011 season with the Bears, it's expected he will declare for the 2012 NFL draft this winter. 

Griffin III's stock is rising fast, and he is now neck and neck with Stanford's Andrew Luck as the top player to select next April. The 6'2", 220-pound quarterback scored 47 total touchdowns this season and only threw six interceptions while completing more than 72 percent of his passes.

He's a dual-threat signal-caller that isn't lacking an any specific area heading into the NFL draft, so which teams are the best suitors for his services this April?

 

Indianapolis Colts

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen of the Indianapolis Colts look on during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on January 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jagu
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Let's face it: The Colts need help, and Griffin III could learn a lot from Peyton Manning if Indy decides to keep him. At 2-14 this season, the Colts proved that it's time for a change, though, and drafting a quarterback would likely spell the end of the Manning era in Indiana.

Griffin III's legs would help keep the Colts offense on track while they bolster their offensive line, and the big stage of replacing a legend would keep all eyes on Griffin III like Cam Newton this past year. 

Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah F
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Once running back Adrian Peterson gets healthy, Minnesota would be a great landing spot for the Heisman Trophy winner. The running game would take pressure off Griffin III's arm and allow him to learn the intricacies of the offense.

The Vikings have taken a few quarterbacks in recent drafts, but a talent like Griffin III is tough to pass up when losing has become a way of life and the early QB picks have failed to pan out. 

Washington Redskins

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins hits the helmet of  Cullen Jenkins #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles after throwing a first half pass at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Ph
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The Redskins have lacked a star under center for years now and will continue to flirt with the draft's top 10 as long as they start NFL journeymen at quarterback. 

Griffin III is projected by many to wind up in DC with the 'Skins, and that's the best-case scenario for Washington, who might see the star QB get snagged off the board before they even have a chance to pull the trigger if his stock rises any higher by April.

Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Another team with a question mark at quarterback picking inside the top 10 is Miami, and South Beach without a doubt is the spot Griffin III would prefer to end up. The sunshine and closely contending team are the most obvious reasons.

The Dolphins aren't too far from becoming a playoff team either, and Griffin III could easily get them there next season if he could stay healthy. Athletes on offense like Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush would welcome him in with open arms, and the upside would be incredible.

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