With the second pick of the 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft, the Washington Redskins (chosen by VAsaintsfan) select...
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
With the 2nd pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Washington Redskins will select Robert Griffin III. This shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone. The Redskins need a quarterback they aren't ashamed of (looking at you Rex Grossman) and they've paid a heavy price to get one. St. Louis gave up the number two pick in the draft in return for Washington's first round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as their 2nd round pick this year. You don't trade away that much unless you're 100% certain that you are drafting a star (looking at you Mike Ditka).
Even though Indy was destined to win the Suck for Luck derby, there is nothing wrong with settling for this freakishly athletic consolation prize. Griffin is a dual threat QB in every sense of the term. He set school records at Baylor in virtually every QB rushing stat you can think of and if his 40 time at the combine is any indication, he is going to be a nightmare for defensive linemen to chase down. Not surprising considering he was a track and field All-American his freshman year.
But being a good running QB alone doesn't win you the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Manning Award. For accolades like that, people want the complete package, and RG3 delivers. Griffin put up over 10,000 passing yards in his college career and completed over 66% of his passes (72% his senior year). Most important of all, his stats kept getting better every year. He is growing as a passer and showing the kind of potential pro scouts love.
As good as Griffin is, succeeding in Washington won't be a walk in the park. The Redskins receiving corps is about as intimidating as a bunny fighting a kitten, and trading away 4 very high draft picks to get RG3 means it will be that much harder to draft any help in this area. If Roy Helu and Evan Royster can continue to develop and stay healthy for a full season, maybe RG3 won't be thrown into a situation where he has to be a one-man show in D.C., but given the state of the Redskins offensive line, improving the offense in any way will be an uphill battle.
Overall, this is the right move for the Redskins. Not because I have any confidence it will work, but because it is the only logical move for the team to make. This front office feels that they are one star player away from being competitive. If they are right, Robert Griffin III is their man and he will have them in the playoffs in a couple of years. If they are wrong, then I feel sorry for such a great player for having to be a part of this franchise.
Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this years community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.
Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft Section.
|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Indianapolis Colts||QB Andrew Luck - Stanford||Legatron Morstead|
|2||Washington Redskins||QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor||VAsaintsfan|