Robert Griffin III visited the Washington area yesterday as he appeared at a card show in Chantilly. It seems nearly certain that he will be back again to stay at the end of the month.
Although the Colts still have not declared that they will take Andrew Luck with the top pick in the April 26 draft, there are more and more indications that they will go in that direction.
Dan Pompei summed it up in the National Football Post. He said that the notion that RG3 will be picked first “doesn’t fly with a lot of astute NFL front office men.”
It’s common for a player who has been No. 1 for a long time to start getting knocked close to the draft, however, why do a good portion of talent evaluators like Luck more? He has performed at a high level for four years compared to one for RGIII and is further along. He played a pro style offense whereas RGIII played in an unconventional offense. He shows better ball placement.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports conducted a mini survey of eight NFL coaches and executives to see if Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III should be the first pick in the draft.
It was unanimous. All eight of those surveyed said that they believed that Luck should be the Colts’ pick when the draft starts on April 26.
The theme when ask why Luck should be the guy was that he is the safer bet of the two. “Get a guy who you know can play right away,” one AFC executive recommended to the Colts. “At worst, Luck is going to be a good player who can come in and run the offense from Day 1.”
Griffin ran a spread offense at Baylor that did not require much in the way of reading defenses or changing plays at the line. At Stanford, Luck ran a pro style offense that called for a lot of audibles. That makes Luck the more NFL ready player in the eyes of those who talked to Cole.
“Just think about it this way: Griffin just graduated with honors; Luck is in his first year of medical school,” said an AFC coach. “That’s what we’re talking about.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay has said that his teams choice for the top pick in the draft is “up in the air.” Although Cole’s survey and many other factors point to the Colts going with Luck, Irsay has the only vote that counts.