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The problem is not in selecting Griffin III, it’s that he has been selected as a QB1, which is a risky proposition to make with a rookie QB. Seasons like Cam Newton’s 2011 are few and far between for rookie QBs.
There is no doubt that Griffin III has tremendous upside as a QB who could potentially throw for 3,000-plus and rush for 700-plus. The player with the next most fantasy potential after Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Newton and Stafford may be RGIII. But the QB position is deep this season and, unlike the RB position, it’s not necessary to draft on potential.
The throwing accuracy that RGIII displayed at Baylor was certainly impressive and separates him as a prospect from other run/pass QBs like Newton and Michael Vick when they entered the league. Griffin III completed 72.4 percent of his passes last season.
Unfortunately, the Redskins offensive line could be a deficiency that’s too difficult for Griffin III to overcome as a rookie. The Redskins line allowed 41 sacks last season. The Redskins have some nice receivers (Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Fred Davis) and solid RBs with Roy Helu and Tim Hightower, but no player stands out as someone who could elevate Griffin’s game immediately like Steve Smith did for Newton.