2012 NFL Mock Draft: How Matt Flynn Affects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Backup quarterback Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers replaces Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn has had two career starts stuck behind Aaron Rodgers.

In both starts, he's excelled.

Last season, in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, Flynn went 24-of-37 for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

On Sunday, filling in for the resting Rodgers, all Flynn did against the Detroit Lions was pass for 480 yards and six touchdowns, both of which are Packers single-game records.

The Lions scored 41 points, but lost because a backup quarterback led his team to 45 points.

People are now thinking that Flynn could be a legitimate starter in the NFL, following in the footsteps of former backups Matt Cassel and Kevin Kolb. That means some needy teams could try to sign Flynn, who just so happens to be a free agent after this season.

The top two quarterback prospects in the 2012 NFL draft are Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

So, the question is, is their draft position in jeopardy if needy teams look at Flynn instead?

The way I see it playing out, the Indianapolis Colts will draft Luck at No. 1 overall and the Washington Redskins will have a shot at Griffin at No. 6 overall.

Will the Redskins opt for Griffin over Flynn?

I think so.

There's no question that Flynn has some serious potential in the NFL. You don't pass for 480 yards and six touchdowns without having some skills.

However, it's also worth noting that Flynn was a seventh-rounder in 2008 and Griffin is considered a much better prospect than Flynn was. Plus, Griffin doesn't look like a serious project to develop. His arm, accuracy and poise are simply hard to ignore.

So, will Flynn's performance change Luck and Griffin's draft position?

Probably not.

However, there's a chance that someone like Oklahoma's Landry Jones—who would be a nice pick for the Seattle Seahawks—could be a victim of Flynn's rise. If the Seahawks don't grab Jones, there aren't any other teams later in the first round who I see drafting a quarterback.

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