By Rich Tandler
Former NFL quarterback and current SiriusXM NFL Radio host and CSN Chicago contributor Jim Miller sat down during the combine to compare Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III on tape. Both Stanford and Baylor played Oklahoma State this year so Miller looked to see how the presumptive top two picks in the draft performed against the Cowboys.
You should go check out the article, but here are a couple of excerpts.
Location and accuracy of his throws were impressive as I only documented one forced throw, which was intercepted. Luck does not have a stellar cast at receiver who separate and many times his tight end Coby Fleener, who many consider a top tight end prospect, was not even in the game. Luck is strong and hard to bring down like a Ben Roethlisberger. Oklahoma State defenders could be hanging on Luck or hitting him and he could still deliver the ball accurately.
Therein lies the problem evaluating RGIII. Basically, there are no progression reads to evaluate. Everything is a “bubble screen or wide receiver screen” specifically called to one specific guy. I saw a two-man “smash route” principle where Griffin has to high/low the corner with his progression but that was about it. Worse yet, was Griffin threw a horrible interception in the red zone on a “pop pass.” Griffin’s lone designated receiver was covered and he still threw the ball leading to loss of points for the Bears' and an interception in the end zone.