This is my first post... I will try my best to not ruin it or this site!
< Football games are televised at odd times over here in Germany due to the fact that they are normally played at around 11 p.m. or so… So I just finished watching the Oklahoma-Baylor replay on AFN. Having seen YouTube clips and dashing photos of Robert Griffin III over the past month or two, and monitoring the debates raging here at HogsHaven, I made sure to see this guy for myself. I mean, sure, you can read about his Olympic aspirations in the 110 and 400m hurdles, where he has shown world-class speed for the past few years; see the gaudy Big 12 offensive numbers in his box score results; but there are things that I noticed about a guy who should be available for us in the 2012 Draft that I thought I would share - after the break.
•The play late in the third quarter where Baylor had a Phil Costa-style snap-before-the-qb-is-ready moment. RG3 was able to track down the ball a good 20-25 yards behind the line of scrimmage, somewhere around the 50 yard line. Recognizing that he absolutely CANNOT take this sack, he scanned, broke the tackle box for the sideline, and basically Vick-Flicked a rope to the near sideline – just above anyone’s reach – three yards beyond the line of scrimmage. They went on to pick up a first down out of that series. With our O-line in its current state, we need a guy who can erase a few team-wide mental collapses through sheer ability. Point number 3:
•I think we can all agree that Oklahoma has a front 7 full of legit NFL-caliber talent, and they were able to collapse the pocket at times, but his physical ability coupled with his field awareness made for more than a few plays that started off with me thinking, "Man, he’s dead meat", and ended with "wow, I can’t believe he got out of that". Cue numerous times of RG3 sliding to his right (or left!) to buy time for either underneath guys to uncover or, usually, for someone deep to break open. Add to that his knack of taking the ball upfield to 1)move the chains, and 2) keep the D honest on his receivers, and I swear I am looking at what I always thought Michael Vick should have developed into at Atlanta, and close to what he has become, when healthy, up north there in Philly
•Finally, with all the talk about Luck, Landry Jones (who I have been impressed with for a long time – dating back to when he used to spell Sam Bradford and put up huge numbers), and Matt Barkley (who showed – again – that he is going to be a big-time passer in this league), I feel like these guys will be off the draft board, if not within the first 7 picks, then definitely by the first 10. I think RG3 will fall to us, and I think we would be nuts to not bring him on board. I did not used to be a big fan of the first round QB – I think I still have Heath Shuler and Patrick Ramsey stink on me – but:
•The teams who win consistently in the NFL nowadays have big-time QBs. Period. The guys who are going deep into the playoffs and Super Bowls are named Manning, Roethlisberger, Flacco, and Rivers. These guys have all played in Conference Championship Games. Some teams get lucky with a later round or a retread, like Brees or Brady, but even the teams on the rise nowadays have guys like Stafford, Andy Dalton – hell, even Tebow. Alex Smith was a Number 1 – he may not be wowing with numbers, but his team is smoking-hot right now. WE NEED to get into this modern offensive game with a REAL quarterback. Our experiment this year with second (third?) rate qbs has born little fruit.
I think RG3 is our guy.