WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Who is the better quarterback: Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III?
The Washington Redskins find themselves largely in a can’t lose situation knowing they will be able to draft one or the other in just a couple of weeks.
But, for the sake of argument, is the Stanford or Baylor product the better choice?
The answer is Luck according to Charles Davis of the NFL Network who joined Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on Tuesday to debate that very topic.
“Luck has been one for me from the beginning,” Davis said. “I have not altered it.”
Luck’s time in a pro-style offense at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh bodes well for his NFL future and his ability to quickly grasp the new system that awaits him.
Although he seemingly has a leg up on the Heisman Trophy winner, the talent gap between the first two picks is negligible.
“The thing we all have to keep in mind is a lot of these kids are coming out of the spread like RGIII, but we’ve seen a quicker adaptation to the pro level than ever before,” said Davis.
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Scouts, who were previously puzzled by how to evaluate a spread talent, have grown accustomed and more comfortable with that system. He cited specific examples of Joe Flacco and Cam Newton who, after playing in a similar systems in college, had a relatively easy transition to the pros and were able to find success in a short period of time.
When scouting talent, evaluation of game tape against quality opponents ranks highest for Davis. Performances at the Scouting Combine and subsequent pro days follow behind.
Both quarterbacks were impressive at their respective pro days last month and Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen has stated the team has “fallen in love” with two players in this year’s draft class.
If something unforeseen happens and the Colts select Griffin with the first overall pick, there probably won’t be too many upset Redskins fans (unless they paid $100 for an autograph already).
But what about Griffin, himself?
“I think at this point RGIII has got his heart set on coming to Washington DC,” Davis hypothesized. “I think he’s excited about the possibility of being a Washington Redskin and seeing what he can do in Mike Shanahan’s and Kyle Shanahan’s offense.”
Although a great quarterback can help elevate a franchise, it’s never a one-man effort. Heading into the offseason, Washington was also in need of upgrades at wide receiver and along the offensive line.
But has the team done enough?
“I like what they’ve done at receiver, but they’re going to have to do a little bit more there,” said Davis.
A perennially strong ground game should also alleviate some of the first-year pressure on the new quarterback.
“With the running back situation, you know we’re almost damning Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan with praise,” he joked. “We say, ‘Well, whoever runs the ball in the Redskins system is going to run well.’ ”
Davis added he was a fan of how the team used Roy Helu and Evan Royster last season.
As far as upgrading along the offensive line, he said there will be plenty of quality candidates available when the Redskins are on the clock in the third round.