Washington Redskins and Andrew Luck: The Other Franchise QB

Daniel CarrollCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2012

Will he go first or second?
Will he go first or second?Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Conventional wisdom has Andrew Luck going number one in the draft to the Indianapolis Colts, and Robert Griffin III going second to the Washington Redskins.

Why is that? Well, as Rich Campbell tweeted:

"Jaws (Ron Jaworski) believes Indy will take Luck because he physically fits the profile Peyton Manning established for owner Jim Irsay."

I find this reasoning to be about four months out of date. When you consider that Irsay has let everyone from Manning—to the head coach go, one must seriously consider that he isn't interested in the Manning profile anymore.

What does this mean?

It means that the Colts could very easily grab RG3 at the number one spot. The Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was present at the Baylor Pro Day. Why do you think that is? My guess is that they are still undecided on which QB to grab at number one.

So what happens if RG3 goes to the Colts? Obviously, the Redskins grab Andrew Luck with the second pick in the 2012 draft.

The problem for the fans of Washington is that we've already decided our savior is coming from Baylor, not Stanford. Who is this Luck guy? Sure everybody talks about him like he's great, but the problem this off-season is that all the hype has been on Robert Griffin III. Luck is simply referred to in most press as the obvious first pick, former Heisman favorite who lost out to RG3, and a more "pro style" offense ready QB.

Well it might be a good idea for the Redskins nation to get to know him a little better than that. I'll go on record as stating that I am in love with the idea of Robert Griffin III as my quarterback for the next ten or more years. He's my first choice. However, you sure won't see me crying if we wind up with Andrew Luck.

At the time of this writing, Baylor's Pro day is over and Stanford's is still a day away. What Redskins Faithful should be looking at tomorrow is the following:

Andrew Luck has ridiculous accuracy. Better than RG3. Seriously. His entire career he has been throwing into pro sized windows to tight ends and over-the-top receivers.

This more than anything else is why he's regarded as the best quarterback in the draft this year.

But can he make the deep pass?

Luck has been widely and justly praised for his passing mechanics, so much so that there is a real question about just how much arm he really has. Coaches will be watching his deep throws across the field and so should you. If he can deliver, it will allay the sole concern anyone has about Lucks ability to play at the pro level.

Luck is a seriously gifted athlete in his own right, so watch his ability to move in the pocket and be physical. Everybody was prepared to be wowed by Griffin's 40-time at the combine, but most weren't expecting Luck to be as fast as Cam Newton. Andrew has the ability to play like Cam or Aaron Rogers and his highly developed passing skills make him an instant fit in almost any Pro offensive scheme.

Andrew Luck is the assumed first pick for a very good reason.

There is universal expectation for him to play day one of year one in the NFL and see success. He's that good on film. If he's that good at his pro day, the Colts would be foolish to pass him up.

But if they do, the Washington Redskins will get a franchise quarterback of surpassing skill and ability.

Not bad for a consolation prize for us RG3 lovers. Not bad at all.