Robert Griffin: Why He'd Be Most Talented QB in Redskins Franchise History

Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIMarch 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor gets ready for the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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In a blockbuster move, the Redskins dealt three first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Rams in exchange for the rights to the second pick in the draft, which they will all but certainly use on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. 

This is not just the biggest trade of the Shanahan/Allen era—this trade has the potential to be the biggest over in franchise history, and Robert Griffin has the chance to be best signal caller the Redskins have ever had. 

The Redskins have had their share of quality quarterbacks, whether it's Joe Theismann or Doug Williams, but none have the potential and raw talent possessed by RGIII. 

Once viewed as a wide receiver prospect by some scouts prior to the 2011 season, Griffin was the most exciting player in college football, lighting up the scoreboard on a consistent enough basis to win himself a Heisman trophy. 

However, stats and points are not what makes an NFL quarterback. What is most exciting about Griffin's play is his willingness to stay in the pocket and make throws. He breaks the stereotype of mobile quarterbacks by committing himself to making plays with his arm and only resorting to using his great athletic ability to extend plays when he needs to. 

He also has surprisingly polished mechanics, throws the ball with timing and accuracy and has enough arm strength to make every NFL throw. 

Of course, he dominated at the combine, running a blazing 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. He reportedly blew away everyone during interviews and showed terrific football knowledge. 

Now, Joe Theismann was a great talent, but did he combine athleticism and throwing ability like RGIII does? Absolutely not. 

The Redskins may have paid a steep price for Griffin's services, but for a franchise that has been dormant for so long, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, the move was necessary.