2012 NFL Draft: Why Robert Griffin III Should Be Picked Ahead of Andrew Luck

Ralph Longo@https://twitter.com/RalphLongoAnalyst IIIMarch 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor runs 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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With all the current focus on the NFL surrounding Peyton Manning, I had almost forgotten that the 2012 NFL Draft is about a month away.

As everyone already knows, the Indianapolis Colts are sitting on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, with the Washington Redskins trading up for the second pick, presumably to take Robert Griffin since it's assumed the Colts will pick Luck at No. 1.

Surprisingly, to me at least, I haven't heard anything regarding the Colts possibly taking Robert Griffin instead of Andrew Luck. I honestly don't even think I've heard one report of the Colts even discussing it.

Frankly, I think that Robert Griffin is a better prospect than Luck and will go on to have a more successful career. 

When I look at Andrew Luck, I see a guy who has peaked already.

He's a great player, no arguments there. But how much room is there really for Luck to improve once he gets to the NFL? Has he already hit his ceiling?

With Griffin, you get a guy with potential that knows no boundaries. 

When I look at Griffin, I see Michael Vick, except he's bigger, stronger, more accurate, and more importantly, more emotionally mature than Vick was when he came into the NFL. Griffin was great in his interviews with teams, impressing numerous GM's and reporters. If he can continue to refine these tools, he can become a great quarterback in the NFL.

As the NFL has evolved, dual threat quarterbacks have proven to be what is needed to compete as the speed of the game increases.

Griffin brings that dual threat in a way that few quarterbacks will be able to rival. He has a hard work ethic, he's a good teammate, and he's the type of guy that can be the face of a franchise and lead a team to a championship. 

Andrew Luck also may lead the Colts to a championship someday, and may go down as an all-time great quarterback. I could be totally wrong and Griffin could turn out to be nothing more than an average pro.

But if I were Jim Irsay, I would seriously take a look at Griffin and think about taking him. He's an elite talent, and I think he has all the tools to prosper at the next level.