In a quarterback driven league, there is no larger detriment to a team than the absence of a quality passer. The Washington Redskins had a revolving door at the position in 2011, and have acquired Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft. My grade for the Redskins entire draft will now be an A+, regardless of the later rounds. Griffin is that good.
In order to draft the talented Baylor quarterback, Washington had to trade with the St. Louis Rams and part ways with their 2012 first round pick (6), 2012 second round pick (39) and first round selections in both 2013 and 2014. A rather hefty price to pay, but well worth the reward.
With the position of quarterback being so vital to succeed in the NFL, there is no price too high for a player with the intangibles and skill set possessed by Griffin. I highly doubt the New York Giants regret their decision to obtain Eli Manning at all costs—considering he has beaten the golden boy Tom Brady not once, but twice to win Super Bowls.
With the exception of Andrew Luck, Griffin is the only other quarterback considered to be an immediate impact player. The ability to immediately plug the star into their offense makes this selection even more enticing. In fact, many analysts and scouts believe Griffin should be considered over Luck—first publicly stated by former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy.
Those who disagree with the trade to draft Griffin, will likely use the argument of Washington giving up their future for a player who may be a bust. As I will agree that there is no sure-thing in regards to scouting and drafting, the situation at hand could not have had a better talent or timing for the Redskins. The reward far outweighs the risk, and should be even more confident due to the recent success of Carolina rookie Cam Newton.
Griffin would undoubtedly look good at the helm of any team in need of a quarterback, but fits almost perfectly into the Mike Shanahan offense in Washington. Although Griffin does lack a little in size and did not play in a pro-style system at Baylor, like Luck did at Stanford, he will adapt to the spread offense smoothly. There is just too much talent and too many intangibles in Griffin's arsenal to think otherwise.
In Shanahan's offense, Griffin will have a plethora of talent to connect with—most notably at wide receiver. While signing Pierre Garcon, Washington returns Jabar Gaffney and Santana Moss along with a good core of younger receivers.
Griffin will have to develop the use of his feet while dropping back from under center, as well as enhance his ability to read defenses in a spread offense. This should not be an issue at all, considering the intelligence and football IQ of the new Washington quarterback.
With the uncertainty under center for the past two decades, Washington has finally found their leader—both on and off the field.