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The Washington Redskins surrendered three first-round picks and a second-rounder to move up to the No. 2 spot in the 2012 draft so they could take Robert Griffin III. It was a bold move, but by making it the 'Skins showed tremendous confidence that Griffin was worthy of taking over as their franchise quarterback.
Many are projecting Griffin to the be NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, but just because Cam Newton had a remarkable rookie season in 2011 doesn't mean that Griffin is destined for the same level of success.
Griffin has incredible athletic ability, and the fact that he has 4.41 speed at nearly 6'3" and 220 pounds makes him a dangerous threat in and out of the pocket. He has a good arm and developing accuracy, but the rest of the Redskins will need to raise their game if RG3 is going to be successful early in his career.
Washington went out and vastly overpaid to sign former Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon. But with Garcon, tight end Fred Davis and running back Roy Helu, the Redskins have a nice young core surrounding Griffin. I'm just not sure those guys are ready to step up and be premiere offensive players yet. They still have developing to do.
Many are expecting huge numbers from Griffin as a rookie, but quarterbacks often have a long learning process in the NFL. Newton's rookie season was a complete aberration, and the chances of Griffin replicating that kind of success are extremely low. People need to dial down the expectations for the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner's rookie year.