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Robert Griffin III
RG3 is a rare talent with the capabilities to throw accurately as well as run with world-class speed. It's in his ability to make plays with his legs that should give him the edge over Andrew Luck for OROY.
This is not to say Luck is an immobile statue or anything, because he's a fantastic athlete and runner in his own right. But RG3’s rush numbers should be significantly better than Luck’s this season, and he may put up similar passing stats.
This boost in stats and production through his rushing ability should bode well for him in the eyes of the voters.
But don’t underestimate the passing capabilities of RG3. He has built a reputation as a guy who can hang in the pocket, look downfield while going through his progressions and make a pinpoint throw to his receivers.
Griffin is a pass-first player who just happens to have the bonus of being perhaps the fastest player on the field at any given moment. This should come in handy as he learns the position and goes through the natural rookie struggles every quarterback must endure.
However, he should be able to improvise when the going gets tough as he develops cognitive awareness while acclimating to the speed of the game.
Another decisive advantage RG3 will be working with this year is the luxury of playing within a Mike Shanahan offense. There's little doubt in my mind Shanahan will put Griffin in the best possible position to succeed by utilizing the things he does best.
This should equate to tons of bootlegs and play-action roll-out passes designed to get him out of the pocket while taking away half the field to read.
Shanahan has also installed some spread-option plays Griffin ran at Baylor. This makes sense considering it reduces his learning curve and helps with his comfort level during such a major adjustment.
When the year is all said and done, RG3 will have put up bigger numbers than Luck while adding that electrifying element of big-play ability and many impressive highlights.
Unfortunately for Luck, RG3 will be taking away another valuable piece of hardware Luck has been highly favored to win. Hopefully, Luck can maintain good sportsmanship as Griffin fills his trophy room with items Luck seemed once destined to win.