Is Robert Griffin III really all that?

Is Robert Griffin III really all that?
January 20, 2012, 10:56 am
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There are many Redskins fans who truly believe that the future of the franchise rests on the shoulders of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. It is easy to see why when you look at his performance during his 2011 Heisman Trophy season and see him interviewed. His athletic ability, arm, and intelligence are all readily evident.But some who have put Griffin under the microscope dont necessarily believe that he is a slam-dunk to be a great quarterback. Omar Kelly blogs about the Dolphins, another team shopping for a quarterback, for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He is not a scout but he watches a lot of film and while I dont always agree with his opinions I know that they are based on a lot of study and thinking. Here is what he tweeted about Griffin last week:NOBODY knows what RGIII will be,or will do on the next level.Reason? 70 of the stuff he did at Baylor doesn't translate to the NFL.Guessing!Earlier this week, Albert Breer of the NFL Network was preparing his mock draft for NFL.com and asking some scouts for help. He tweeted the following:One thing I know now after tapping into scouting community for some draft research: Assessments on Robert Griffin are all over the map.One report that was on the no so great part of the map was that of Chris Steuber. You can check his bio and judge for yourself how much credibility you want to grant him but I have found his player analysis to be well thought out and on the money as often as most.Take a look at the report for the full analysis but here are a couple of highlights. After he gave Griffin good marks for being an exceptional athlete, having an effortless release and being able to deliver the deep ball with accuracy and touch.What follows is the dreaded but or, in this case, the while:While Griffin's ability and numbers are off the charts, his mechanics and freelance style of play will cause him problems at the next level. He features an unorthodox delivery (three-quarters), and has problems making consistent reads from the pocket, which is why he prefers to be on the move where his throwing flaws are masked. He must improve his footwork and patience in the pocket.Here is the conclusion, the last part is the big ouch:In the right system and with the right offensive coaching staff, Griffin can develop into a quality starting quarterback, but to expect him to start right away and be a difference maker is asking a lot from a player who is far from being a finished product.

Prospect Comparison:Andre Ware.Andre Ware was a major top-10 bust out of Houston. The Lions took him with the seventh pick in the 1990 draft and they gave up on him after six starts in four years. He couldn't even land a roster spo with the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars and he bounced around the CFL for while before become a TV and radio commentator.Steuber's is just one opinion. But, from what Breer said, its not necessarily an outlier.Of course, as far as the Redskins are concerned, there is only one opinion that matters and that is Mike Shanahans.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.