2012 NFL Draft Order: Looking at Every Potential First-Round QB Prospect

Cody MeadowsCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2012

2012 NFL Draft Order: Looking at Every Potential First-Round QB Prospect

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    There aren't very many quarterbacks projected to be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but the ones that are have star potential.

    I also see a potential Ryan Leaf scenario playing out. I have been high on Baylor QB Robert Griffin III for over a year, and he is the best QB in the draft. He's a better athlete, but doesn't look to run at all. He is a pass first guy who can beat you with his legs.

    Stanford QB Andrew Luck is going to be drafted by the Colts with the first overall pick according to multiple sources. This is going to be a mistake for a couple of reasons. First, Luck has said that he wants to play right away. Second, Peyton Manning wants to keep playing and his father Archie said, “I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” on Fox Sports Radio.

    The Colts would be much better served drafting a weapon for Manning such as Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

    Long story short, I think Andrew Luck will be a bust if he expects to play right away. Especially if the Colts trade him to a team like the Washington Redskins where he will get beat up. Griffin III seems to be willing to wait his turn and learn if need be, which worked out pretty well for Aaron Rodgers when he sat behind Brett Favre.

    Lets take a closer look at the three quarterbacks expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal

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    There's no doubt about it, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is the most NFL-ready QB we have seen in several years.

    He played in a pro-style offense at Stanford and has all of the tools. He made average wide receivers look great at times, and can make every throw. He also has the perfect size for an NFL quarterback at 6'4" 235 pounds.

    His numbers at Stanford were outstanding as well. He passed for 9,430 yards in 1,064 attempts, totaling 82 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He completed 67 percent of his career passes too, certainly nothing to hate if you look at the numbers.

    My only question with him is why he couldn't seem to beat the best teams he faced. I know he didn't have a ton of talent around him, but a player of his stature should be able to get it done in the clutch.

    He was great in the loss to Oklahoma State, but did throw a costly interception. Against Oregon he put up huge numbers but threw two interceptions.

    Indianapolis should draft him and trade him to the highest bidder if Peyton Manning looks to play a few more seasons. Why not draft a stud wide receiver or offensive lineman to help Peyton Manning win another Super Bowl? The Colts could get a lot in a trade for the most highly touted player in several years.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor Bears

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    Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has unlimited potential. He is as athletic as Michael Vick with much better accuracy and decision making. He is fully capable of running a pro-style offense, and has been a special player from the start.

    Griffin III passed for over 10,000 yards while throwing 78 touchdowns and only 17 interceptions over the course of his college career. He also ran the ball 528 times for 2,257 yards and 33 touchdowns. At 6'2" 220 pounds, he has good size as well. His completion percentage increased each season too, jumping from 59.9 percent his freshman year to 72.4 percent this season.

    I expect a team to move up to pick two or three and draft the most talented player in this draft. I hope for his sake he doesn't end up with the Washington Redskins or Cleveland Browns but that is very likely! Maybe those two franchises will finally build around what they have instead of drafting and ruining QB's every couple seasons.

    Write it down folks, RG3 is the real deal and will be the best QB of this class by far when all is said and done.

Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

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    Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill should end up in a good situation for a couple of reasons. For one, several QB's who are better than him went back to college so he will be drafted in the first round and make more money. Secondly, he will be drafted later so he will have a better team around him than the top guys will.

    Whether he is drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets or someone else, he will sit for at least a couple of seasons and learn. 

    Tannehill only has two seasons of significant playing time, so he is a risk.

    He has shown the ability to make any throw and is athletic enough to run if the play breaks down. His problem has been forcing passes and throwing interceptions. Personally I don't think he is ready to be a QB in the NFL, but he will be drafted in the first round.

    When you take a look at his numbers the last couple of seasons, he has been decent. He completed 60 to 65 percent of his passes and put up 3,744 yards and 29 touchdown passes this season. Again, he threw 15 interceptions which is much too high of a number. It will scare a few teams away from him, and it should.

    It will be interesting to see how Tannehill progresses and where he is drafted. He's definitely got a lot of potential but is a risky pick in the first round.