Ranking RG III, Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden's Odds of Success This Season
Brandon Weeden. Robert Griffin III. Andrew Luck. How would you rank their chances for success this season, first through third?
(Sorry, Ryan Tannehill. Maybe you'll make the next debate.)
How did the Browns, Redskins and Colts, all drafting quarterbacks in the first round, improve their chances for 2012? And which team is presenting the best situation for its respective rookie signal-caller?
Luck, drafted first overall, finds himself in a true rebuilding situation with Indianapolis, who made the wise but difficult decision to part with Peyton Manning after 14 seasons. Okay, it was actually 13 seasons, but let's not split hairs here. Luck has an opportunity to assume a leadership position with a team that has become very young very quickly.
Griffin will also find himself in a new-look NFL offense, but for completely different reasons. Washington spent big money on free-agent wide receivers Pierre Garçon (five years, $42.5 million) and Josh Morgan (two years, $11.5 million). Griffin will also enjoy the benefits of a quarterback-centric coach in Mike Shanahan, not to mention a position battle at tight end between Fred Davis and Chris Cooley.
Weeden's situation, being drafted to a team that many free agents and draft picks were reportedly avoiding, appears more precarious. Cleveland will finish dead last in the AFC North for the second straight year, according to the projections of most football pundits (including this one). Will the Browns' other first-round draft choice, running back Trent Richardson, be enough to offset their dubious fate?
NFL lead blogger Aaron Nagler shares our reading of the proverbial tea leaves and offers our rankings of these three rookie quarterbacks. Enjoy our debate in the video above, and offer us a one-two-three ranking of your own in the comments.
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