2012 NFL Draft Order: Robert Griffin III Overlooked with Andrew Luck Hype

Luis BatlleContributor IFebruary 5, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  (L-R) Coach Art Briles and Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears poses with the trophy after being named the 77th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during 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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Interestingly enough, the 2012 NFL Super Bowl is more centered around the Colts' decision with Peyton Manning and the drafting of Andrew Luck than the game itself.

After one of the more entertaining years in the NFL comes to a close following the Super Bowl, the new hype will then all be revolved around QB prospect Andrew Luck and the 2012 NFL draft. Since Luck has been in the draft talks as the No. 1 projected selection, it's as if fans and analysts have already declared Luck to be a great starting QB, a guy who can easily win games in the pros.

AOL's Sporting News has declared that Luck may be the greatest prospect to grace the game for the last 25 years:

Luck (6-4, 235) was the best quarterback prospect in the country last season, and if he improves as much in 2011 as he did in 2010, he will be the best quarterback to enter the NFL in more than 25 years.

Yet the truth is, this is a player that has never taken a snap in the NFL, who didn't put up mind-blowing numbers in college and is being judged heavily on potential in the league.

There is no question Luck has the makings to be great, but there is a slim possibility he will be the greatest QB in the last 25 years. This includes QBs like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Steve Young.

Meanwhile, in spite of the top-notch prospect that Luck is, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III has shown he can play as well. This season, Griffin recorded 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also put up a whopping 699 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal prepares to snap the football during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chri
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He's as impressive as any QB in the college football, to say the least, with these Tim Tebow-esk numbers.

In comparison, Luck had thrown 37 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and just over 3500 yards passing.

Those who discount the play of Robert Griffin III and see the comparison with Luck as "no contest" fail to put together that Griffin in fact had the better numbers.

As talented and especially consistent that Luck is at the position, there is no question that Griffin will rival his game in the league. If the Browns are able to take him with a top-five pick, this is a team that is in luck going forward with the team's future.

No disrespect to the talented Luck, but to be able to put him on such a high pedestal before he is even drafted into the league is pushing the envelope. More importantly, it overlooks a quality QB like Griffin who has proven he will be a threat in the league as well.