2012 NFL Draft: Why Robert Griffin III Is Perfect for Indianapolis Colts' Roster

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2012 NFL Draft: Why Robert Griffin III Is Perfect for Indianapolis Colts' Roster
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Arguably the biggest perk about having the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL draft resides in the opportunity to draft any player available.

Obviously, with the Indianapolis Colts in desperate need for a quarterback, we have to expect them to select Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. The perk of having this selection is the "or" in the last sentence.

Indy controls the destiny, and it will undoubtedly have an effect on the Washington Redskins. Had the selections been swapped, we can only debate about what the discussions would entail.

With all this said, the Colts aren't locked in on Luck just yet. According to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, Michael Wilbon stated to Tony Kornheiser on ESPN 980 earlier this week:

"I had the occasion over the weekend to talk to a couple of people who have intimate knowledge of what the Colts are thinking. And you and I have talked very briefly on the show about are they still considering RGIII? Tony, I’m told they are."

It's certainly a more interesting situation now but, regardless of who the Colts draft, there really isn't a wrong answer.

For as much as both Luck and RG3 have accomplished during their careers, we're basically splitting hairs when dissecting each quarterback's tangibles and intangibles. To that end, RG3 is just as perfect a fit for Indianapolis and, to some extent, the Colts' interest in him shouldn't be much of a surprise.

Albeit not garnishing nearly as much exposure as Luck through his first few years at Baylor, Griffin put up solid numbers. As a freshman in 2008, Griffin threw for over 2,000 yards, ran for 846 yards and totaled 28 touchdowns.

Not to mention that Griffin also only threw three interceptions and had a 59.9 completion percentage. Considering that Baylor was still at the bottom of the Big 12 barrel during this time, these are impressive numbers.

After an injury cut short his 2009 campaign, Griffin returned in 2010 and just kept rolling. Compiling over 3,500 yards with 22 touchdowns to only eight picks, Griffin finished with a 67 completion percentage. In addition, he accounted for 635 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

His Heisman season was even more impressive, with 47 total touchdowns, almost 5,000 total yards, just six picks and a 72.4 completion percentage.

For as dominantly consistent as these numbers are, we also must remember that Baylor's defense never helped Griffin out. In 2011 alone, the Bears allowed almost 480 total yards (ranked No. 114) and 37 points per game (ranked No. 113).

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So, Griffin basically had no choice but to virtually do everything to setup the rest of the offense. He's not a run-first scrambling quarterback, but has the football IQ to know when to run.

Indianapolis would provide him with veteran receivers in Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Jeff Saturday will no longer be at center, but the Colts only surrendered 35 sacks last year even with three different quarterbacks going under center.

RG3 suits Indy well, as he can buy time better than Luck outside of the pocket and always keeps his eyes downfield. Also, the Colts struggle running the ball, so letting Griffin go a bit more from shotgun allows for an easier transition.

As for the draft itself, there's no wrong answer for the Colts when deciding between RG3 and Luck. Either is a great pick and has unlimited potential.

 

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