The fine folks over at NFL.com decided to celebrate college football’s National Signing Day by holding an NFL version, where any player could be picked to build a franchise around.
As one would imagine, quarterback was the most frequently selected position. Of the nine who selected, including CSNWashington’s own Charley Casserly, eight chose quarterbacks (one writer picked Texans defensive end J.J. Watt) to start their franchise.
Of interest to Redskins fans, only one, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, chose Robert Griffin III. In explaining his decision, Rapoport says:
“Yes, I know he has a torn ACL. In my world, he'll heal quickly enough to be a star. Plus, despite anecdotal evidence, I'm not sure quarterbacks who run and face head-on hits are more at risk than quarterbacks who drop back in the pocket and get crushed from the blind side. So, I'll take RG3, whose physical skills and efficiency at such a young age are unmatched. And I'll trust he'll learn to protect himself better. Because what he did this year, with an under-skilled team that he carried on his back to the playoffs, shows me there is no better, younger, more charismatic, more talented option to build my team around.”
One has to wonder how many chose Rodgers and Luck over Griffin because of his knee injury. It’s hard to argue with choosing Rodgers; he’s already won a Super Bowl and MVP, and he’s still only 29 years old. However at this point, choosing Andrew Luck over Griffin seems more of a result of Griffin’s injury and less of Luck being the better player.
Griffin outplayed Luck in his rookie season, as evidenced both by the numbers and his Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Griffin’s playing style, similar to Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, seems to be the future of the quarterback position in the NFL.
Those who chose Luck made the same arguments we heard before the draft, mainly that Luck is the best quarterback prospect in years and he’ll be more durable over time.
What do you think Redskins fans; if you could build your franchise around one player would it be Robert Griffin III? Or would you look elsewhere?