Pro Football Weekly
Fantasy Football Hub
Fantasy Football Links
Great White Shark
Whale Shark I
Whale Shark II
The WALL I (IDP Only)
The WALL II (IDP Only)
Who are We?
Buttons and Banners
If you had asked either one of us in September if there was one player we were excited to write about this offseason we would have answered Robert Griffin III. In one such email exchange I wrote to Marty, ‘I have moved him up to my No. 2 quarterback and Top 10 overall player and will find a way to defend it between now and January. He’s that good.’ Little did we know our job would be so easy, so instead of doing what most others are doing and dissecting his game, we are going to tell you how he is going to be (much) better than the quarterback he will be most compared to over the next four months,
What does this all mean on a football field? Griffin has shown that the work ethic will translate to the practice field, and eventually on to the game field. His intelligence carries over to his decision making as well. When Newton came out of school we were much more concerned about his ability to read defenses. Griffin seems to continually be ahead of what is presented to him, and much more able to see what the defense is throwing at him. Newton seemed to want to simply use his athletic ability to get him out of situations that were difficult.
Griffin has shown us that he will (most of the time) trust in his knowledge of the situation first before reacting. This is not just evident on positive plays, but also on potential disaster plays. He was under constant duress against superior opponents all season and repeatedly demonstrated the poise and intelligence to throw the ball away when the play wasn’t there or it broke down in front of him. These plays go down in the stats as another incompletion, but they prove a quarterback’s football intelligence.
Issues are going to be made of his footwork, offensive scheme, and ability against tough pass rushes (again, his offensive line at Baylor was atrocious) but just about any quarterback coming in to the league has areas in need of development. That, and his scheme isn’t like most schemes. Unlike most spread attacks, it requires him to think and go vertical, also.
There will be a learning curve as he will likely be asked to take the ball under center a lot more than he did in school. That said, would you rather be working with a guy who has it all physically and upstairs but needs some work on the fundamentals, or the guy whose greatest issues surround decision making and character? Fundamentals can be corrected, but everything from the neck up is a much tougher chore.
Overall, Griffin is the most exciting player entering the 2012 NFL Draft. He possesses elite upside. By elite, we mean his ceiling is higher than that of Andrew Luck … and Cam Newton. If this were just about any other draft he would be selected No. 1 overall, but unfortunately this is Luck’s draft so Griffin will not be selected first. However, his team, and their fans, are going to have a lot of fun football to watch over the next decade (plus) and hardware to hoist up.
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties
Copyright © 2002 - 2013 by Sharks Fantasy Sports, LLC