NFL Draft 2012: Ranking the Best Potential Landing Spots for Robert Griffin III
The star on everybody's mind in the 2012 NFL draft this year is Robert Griffin III. His star status exploded at the NFL Combine with a blazing 40-yard dash timed at 4.38 seconds, proving that he is perhaps the best athlete in the entire draft, regardless of position. This left NFL personnel drooling over the athletic freak.
He then aced his interviews with prospective teams at the combine, and suddenly became the "it" quarterback of this year's draft that Andrew Luck had been for over a year now.
With many teams now interested in the former Baylor superstar, there is only one question remaining. Which NFL team presents the best opportunity for Robert Griffin III to become a star quarterback in the league?
Here are the four best landing spots for the young star.
4. Miami Dolphins
While the Miami Dolphins may be looking to sign Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn, the opportunity to trade up and draft Robert Griffin III could potentially be the smarter choice for the struggling franchise.
It's clear that after the expected release of Manning today by the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL legend is on the last legs of his career. When talking about Green Bay's Matt Flynn, he only has two career starts to his name, and doesn't have the arm power or world-class athleticism that RGIII contains.
While I believe that the Dolphins would make a great place for him to start a professional career, it seems that he is their third option behind the two veteran quarterbacks.
3. Cleveland Browns
Two years ago in the 2010 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns ignored prognosticators who warned of Colt McCoy's impeding "bust" potential. Well, it seems that his fate has come to fruition.
He is too small and lacks the arm strength to become a quality NFL starting quarterback. While he is still one of the better quarterbacks in the league, he would be much more effective in a backup role for the Browns.
Right now, they have one of the best defenses in all of football, and they need a franchise star to lead them toward a deep playoff run. That star could be Robert Griffin III.
However, if the Browns do trade up to select him, they still don't have the quality players at wide receiver to help him make an immediate mark in the NFL.
2. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are desperately in need of a franchise quarterback. They certainly are feeling the heat to draft one this year, which is why they are so high on the young signal-caller.
The Redskins are one of the teams that are most interested in RGIII, and they should be. He would immediately be a game-changing athlete for the franchise that is in need of young star, not only on the field, but off it as well.
Robert Griffin III could become the face of Washington D.C. sports, a role that the well-spoken Griffin would thrive in.
1. Indianapolis Colts
While seemingly everyone is talking about teams trading up for Robert Griffin III, virtually no one is talking about the possibility of the Indianapolis Colts drafting the Baylor stud with the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft.
It seems that the Colts and football minds alike are smitten with the idea of the Colts replacing Peyton Manning with Stanford star Andrew Luck. His game resembles Peyton's much more than RGIII, who plays like a better version of Michael Vick. The oldest Manning brother is beloved in Indianapolis, so perhaps the franchise is scared to pass up on a quarterback whose career could pan out similarly to his.
However, drafting RGIII would be a great idea for the Colts. They would be able to showcase a young star whose game is as unique as his personality. Change is a good thing, and by drafting Griffin instead of Luck, they would be changing their offense and building their team on the shoulders of a sure-fire star in the league.