2012 NFL Draft: 5 Teams That Would Be Improved by Picking Robert Griffin III
Let's take the Indianapolis Colts off the table. It appears that it would take a complete change of heart for the Colts to select Robert Griffin III. Despite the difficult decision ahead concerning what to do about Peyton Manning, whose future remains uncertain because of his most recent neck surgery, the Colts will likely select Andrew Luck with their first pick.
While I think selecting Robert Griffin III might actually prove to be the better pick in the long term, I would be shocked to see the Colts take him ahead of Luck. Colts fans have been conditioned for weeks that if there is no Peyton Manning taking snaps next season that Andrew Luck will be the next best thing. That said, there are at least five other teams that should really consider drafting Robert Griffin III.
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Although the Miami Dolphins have shown signs of life with Matt Moore taking over the reigns this season and winning several games in impressive fashion, I still don’t see Moore as a long-term solution in South Florida. The Dolphins just fired head coach Tony Sparano and a new coach will likely want a potential star at quarterback like Robert Griffin III.
Kansas City Chiefs
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Just like the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs just fired their head coach and whoever takes over the team will likely be looking for a quarterback he can mold. While they have a quarterback in Matt Cassel, Cassel has been injured and less than impressive the last two seasons.
Newly-acquired Kyle Orton will probably not be an answer for a new coach. The Chiefs, while going through a disappointing season, are not that far away from challenging in a relatively weak AFC West. Robert Griffin III could be just what the Chiefs need to get back to respectability if not a division title.
Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll
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While the Seattle Seahawks picked up Tarvaris Jackson from the Minnesota Vikings for this season, Jackson has never been a quarterback who has garnered the confidence of a coaching staff. He’s been a long-term project, who at best is a serviceable backup. Robert Griffin III could be a great fit in Seattle, an up-and-coming team with a strong running game that could use a signature quarterback. Griffin III can help head coach Pete Carroll build a strong future for the franchise.
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I know Tony Romo is the long-time starter, but what has he won? What about his ill-timed mistakes and poor decisions? The Cowboys could use a player like Robert Griffin III who is a younger, more athletic version of Romo. And based on Griffin's intelligence, he will probably make better decisions than Romo. Furthermore, Griffin gets to stay in Texas where he already has a strong fanbase.
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The Washington Redskins are probably the team that would be best served by selecting Robert Griffin III. Placeholder quarterback Rex Grossman continues to prove that he is not a viable NFL starter. I could see Grossman playing the first few games next season, and then giving way to Robert Griffin III, whose speed, arm strength, accuracy and intelligence could give the Redskins the franchise quarterback they have lacked since the days of Joe Theisman.