2012 NFL Draft: Robert Griffin III Would Fit Nicely with Peyton Manning's Colts

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 7, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We have all agreed that you can't stuff Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning into the same box because the talent and ego prevent such things.

Robert Griffin III is another matter altogether. 

It's time to step back and ponder scenarios that lay just outside of the box. We have all been privy to the outcry that has come due to an injured neck, a horrible season and an NFL-ready quarterback who lies in wait. 

Luck should be the kind of player to come in and solve all your issues—at least temper a few of them. Instead, a firestorm has sprung up from Indianapolis as a legend in Manning is potentially shoved aside for the new kid on the block. 

The solution is simple, and it comes in the form of settling for the next best quarterback on the board—one whose ceiling is just as immense as any on the board, including Luck. 

Yes, I am considering that the Colts begin falling in love with Robert Griffin III. Such a move would let them have their Manning cake as well as their up-and-coming star in waiting. 

The hard fact is that Andrew Luck may not be willing to lay in wait. That is by far the least of the Colts' worries. 

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Owner Jim Irsay has his mind on one thing, and that's the March 8 deadline to decide on Manning and whether to pay him a $28 million option bonus. 

If he does decide that Manning has another 2-3 years of magic left in his arm, the solution should be Griffin in the draft, not Luck. 

Luck is game-ready now and will be far more problematic as he chomps at the bit to start. You would then have the inevitable chants for Luck at the first sign of a Manning faltering. 

With Griffin, you get patience and a player who is far more willing to sit back and learn. He spoke with The Huffington Post recently and dived into subjects that ranged from his preparations to his physical attributes. As far as playing behind Manning, Griffin had this to say:

You can't just say it enough, how much that would mean to a quarterback's career to learn from a great. Aaron Rodgers did it with Brett Favre, Steve Young did it with Joe Montana. All these guys have benefited from it and hopefully I'll be able to do the same. 

Griffin is the perfect student of the game and one who would reap every last benefit from a couple years in the bullpen. His best attribute may be his arm strength, and there may be no better mentor in how to properly utilize this than Manning.

There are a lot of ifs heading into the March 8 deadline. Manning will have to prove his health, and even then Irsay may have already made up his mind.

If Manning is a Colts quarterback next year, the best player to sit behind him is Robert Griffin III.

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