Popular Features

NFL DRAFT SPOTLIGHT: EYE ON ROBERT GRIFFIN III

Jonathan Bales Staff Writer April 18, 2012 9:18PM EDT
Robert Griffin III is going to be the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The future Washington Redskin will be the top overall player on my board, ahead of Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Griffin has more upside without a dramatically lower floor, with his run/pass versatility limiting his downside.

Scouting Report

Robert Griffin III" src="http://d85wlvt50npt2.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/robert_griffin-300x177.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="177" srcset="http://d85wlvt50npt2.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/robert_griffin-300x177.jpg 300w, http://d85wlvt50npt2.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/robert_griffin-423x250.jpg 423w, http://d85wlvt50npt2.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/robert_griffin.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Robert Griffin will probably be the second-most athletic quarterback in the history of the NFL, behind only Michael Vick. He possesses natural feet and can make things happen on the ground. Despite his speed, Griffin keeps his eyes downfield at all times. His arm is his primary weapon, and his legs are a nice backup option.

As a passer, the main thing I like about Griffin is his ability to throw from different angles. Great quarterbacks find a way to get the receiver the football, and Griffin can do that regardless of the position of his arm. He has good but not great arm strength, but plenty of touch.  When pressured, Griffin can re-set his feet as quickly as any quarterback I’ve seen.

So what is not to like? Well, Griffin played primarily in Shotgun at Baylor, so there are questions about his ability to drop back. I think those concerns are overrated, especially in a league that is transitioning to more and more Shotgun, but they are there. Griffin can also have some trouble reading defenses. He wasn’t asked to make many full-field reads at Baylor, and he can struggle identifying blitzes at times.

Reminds me most of. . .

Michael Vick. Vick has a much stronger arm, but both players can make plays in a number of ways. A lot of people see some Cam Newton in Griffin, but Newton is a different type of runner and not as accurate a passer. Like Newton, though, Griffin has a good head on his shoulders and he will work hard. In that sense, he’s sort of a Vick/Newton hybrid.

Fantasy Outlook

I don’t think a Newton-line rookie season is out of the question for Griffin, although it may be hard to replicate in Washington. There will certainly be some early struggles, particularly with a lack of pass protection and limited quality receiving options. Look for Griffin to run plenty in 2012 before he fully grasps the offense. My best guess is 3,500 total yards (3,000 passing yards), but limited touchdowns and a moderate number of interceptions.

In dynasty leagues, Griffin will be in a battle with Luck to be the top rookie quarterback selected. I love Griffin as an individual player over the long run, but I don’t love the Redskins ability to surround him with the tools he needs to succeed.

 

The 2018 Xclusive Edge Fantasy Baseball Package is now available at RotoExperts.com. ALL NEW for 2018! We’ve introduced a new Slack Channel where you can access all your favorite RotoExperts to ask questions, discuss Fantasy Baseball, and get timely advice. Plus, you can chat with the entire population of RotoXNation; a whole community of Fantasy Sports enthusiasts! Your subscription gives you access to the RotoExperts MLB community on Slack for the whole season! If you play Daily Fantasy Sports, then you’ll want to check out our Daily Fantasy Sports site, DailyRoto.com. At least four people have won $1M prizes and countless others have won hundreds of thousands more using DailyRoto.com’s award-winning information, tools and advice

Want to help fight blood cancer and compete for World Series tickets? Learn about the mission of DKMS and compete nightly for World Series tickets this MLB season on FantasyDraft. All for FREE. Sponsored by FNTSY and DKMS, learn about their mission and access the daily contests at dailyroto.com/dkms.

Popular Features