Robert Griffin, III has spent the last couple of days pushing his stock above the seemingly endless ceiling of notoriety across the league. With a 4.41 40 yard dash time to match his already well-noted list of athletic qualifications, the size questions being conclusively answered, and the constant talk of his impressive "intangibles" shining through meetings with both teams and the press, RG3 seems to have the draft position immediately below the glorified Andrew Luck pretty well in the bag.
The Washington Redskins could certainly use the services of a young quarterback with the ability and personality of Griffin, but the price to move above Cleveland and take him with the #2 overall pick will almost certainly be a king's ransom, recent reports even indicating as much as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and next years 1st.
And therein lies the dilemma: Is RG3 worth the price for the Washington Redskins?
In short: Yes.
The Redskins are a team that is in desperate need for a franchise QB to build around for the next decade. After an outstanding draft last year, they have pieces in place to be a good team now and improve as time moves on. But this year more than any near in recent memory, the Redskins need a franchise guy. And now.
Of course, everyone would like a guy like Griffin to fall into their laps in the draft, but this team is one that is indeed "rebuilding," yet is still good enough to win 6-8 games under turnover-machine Rex Grossman. A young team trying to improve after consecutive 6 and 5-win seasons can't just sit around and wait to get worse in order to draft a franchise QB with the first couple picks.
Are the Washington Redskins one play-maker under center away from Superbowl contention?
Do they have any chance to compete for one the next couple years without a franchise quarterback?
The Redskins need to begin building around a franchise QB this year while we have a strong, young nucleus of a team and $40+ million of cap space to spend in compensation for the traded picks.
There is not a better guy to begin Washington's transition back to consistent competitiveness than a certain Robert Griffin, III.
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