2012 NFL Draft: Comparing Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 8, 2012

Heading into the 2012 NFL draft, we have two big name prospects at quarterback that are sure to go within the first few picks, if not with the first two selections.

Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

I think that we can all agree that Luck has been one of the most hyped quarterbacks in quite sometime, as nearly every single scout has labeled him as NFL-ready as well as a once in a decade quarterback. 

Griffin, on the other hand, is a dual-threat quarterback that does not have true glaring weaknesses when it comes to his passing game—which is rather impressive—and has came onto the scene fast this past season. 

With that being said, let's take a look at how these two highly-rated prospects compare with each other. 


Arm Strength

Believe it or not, bot of these quarterbacks are pretty evenly matched when it comes to their arm strength.

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III both can hit the deep ball as well as fitting the ball into tight windows using their velocity. But on the other hand, their arm strength isn't what you would define as elite, but it's certainly above average and acceptable. 

Both passers do have what it takes to make all the throws at the NFL, but I am going to go with RG3 on this one because he still has so much more room for development as he's still yet to fully grow into his athletic frame. RG3 still has some room to add strength in his core, which will increase his arm strength significantly. 

Edge: Robert Griffin III



By looking at the stats from this past season, Griffin's 72.4 completion percentage compared to Luck's 71.3 is pretty even—but we need to take this to another level.

RG3 played in a spread offensive system while at Baylor, which involves a lot of short-to-intermediate passes that are high percentage in order to get the ball to the offense's playmakers.

Luck, on the other hand, played in a more typical pro-offense at Stanford and competed against a better playing field while in the Pac 12. 

Both of these passers are extremely accurate and are just as accurate on the run when they're in the pocket, but the edge has to go to Luck.

Edge: Andrew Luck



You may feel like this one is definitely going to land in Griffin's favor, which is true, but it's definitely closer than you think. 

Luck may be an ideal pocket passer, but when he decides to run, he's one tough runner that is not afraid to lower his shoulder against opposing defenders.

Another thing about Luck is his textbook footwork in the pocket, as well in the play-action game. When Luck makes the hand-off, he does a tremendous job of selling the fake as well as rolling out to either his right or left. 

Despite Luck's great pocket presence, ideal footwork and great movement out of the pocket, the edge goes to RG3 as he truly possesses elite speed for a quarterback.

Edge: Robert Griffin III



Andrew Luck may have played one more season than Robert Griffin III at the collegiate level, but Griffin sure compiled the passing yards and touchdowns. 

This past season at Stanford, Luck threw for a whopping 3,517 yards and 37 touchdowns while RG3 threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns. 

RG3 may have thrown for more yards, but Luck has an extra year under his belt which leads to decide that they're as even as it gets when it comes to production.

Both quarterbacks produced to the best of their abilities, and that was certainly at a high level.

Edge: Even


Conclusion: Who Is the Better Prospect?

The safest bet for the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick is without a doubt Andrew Luck. 

However over time, I do believe that Robert Griffin III could turn into one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks as he possess such freakish abilities for a quarterback, very similar to Cam Newton.

Unlike Newton, Griffin doesn't have as many question marks with his arm heading into the draft as he played at such a high level at Baylor. 

But Luck, on the other hand, is a sure bet to be ready to go his first season in the NFL as he's been playing in a pro-style offense for the past three seasons and has flourished. 

Both quarterbacks are extremely talented players that should have bright futures in the NFL. There's a part of me that wants to say that RG3 is a better prospect as he is so talented and skilled but still has so much more room to grow into his potential—but Luck is the best bet.

Andrew Luck is as NFL-ready as it gets. 

Edge: Andrew Luck


Andrew Luck Game Film vs. UCLA 2011


Robert Griffin III Game Film vs. Washington 2011



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