2012 NFL Draft: Will Cam Newton or RG3 Make a Better QB?

James Williams@WordmandcAnalyst IIIApril 24, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers  Cam Newton and Robert Griffin, III—who will likely be a member of the Washington Redskins after Thursday nights' NFL draft, are already being compared.

They better get used to it. Both men are exceptional athletes, both are Heisman Trophy winners and both are the franchise quarterbacks for their respective teams. 

So what makes them different?

Well according one analyst Newton runs with strength and power while RG3 runs with pure speed. As for arm strength and accuracy, those points go to RG3.   

Let me introduce you to our expert.     

There might not be an NFL draft analyst with a better resume than ESPN's Bill Polian. He was involved in the draft day experience throughout his 25 years as a general manager with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. Polian was a part of one of the most famous draft day decisions in NFL history—selecting Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf as the No. 1 pick for the Colts in 1998.

So last week during a conference call, Polian answered my questions and provided some insight on the Redskins' presumed future quarterback.

JW: What type of runner is Griffin?

Polian: He’s a world-class track man and as such is a bit of a long-strider and a bit of a narrow base guy, as opposed to Cam, who’s an instinctive, natural football runner, a make-you-miss, shake-and-bake guy in a 6-foot-5, 250-pound body."

“RG is not that,” Polian continued. “That said, he has enough shake to beat most defensive linemen. And once he sticks that foot in the ground and goes, it’s gone baby gone. You’re going to have a hard time catching him. That’s unique. He presents a threat that’s absolutely unique.”

JW: How will Griffin fit in the Redskins' offense?

Polian: "Well, think about RGIII running the Houston offense instead of Matt Schaub. When I was with the Colts, we saw that offense twice a year and it was all about rolling out the quarterback and presenting the defense with mismatches. It was well conceived and tough to stop. I have to think that with RGIII running things, opposing coaches facing Washington won't get much sleep."

JW: How is Griffin as a passer?

Polian: "He is comfortable in the shotgun, but he also can play under center. The Redskins may have to work on his footwork there but nothing too tough. He can make all the throws you need from a quality quarterback, but what impresses me most is that he can be running, plant his foot and with a flick of his wrist throw the ball 55 yards on a line. That is something very special."


*All quotes used were first hand.