WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — DeAngelo Hall thinks Robert Griffin III’s future with the Washington Redskins is preordained.
The Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Baylor is going to run this town.
“We’re excited to bring R.G. to the city,” Hall told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar and Dukes Monday afternoon. “He’s the Prince of D.C. Obama’s the king, he’s the prince without a doubt.”
The former Pro Bowl cornerback doesn’t think there’s any chance the Indianapolis Colts will pass on Andrew Luck and spoil what he believes is destiny for Griffin with Mike Shanahan and the Redskins.
Despite a heavy salary cap adjustment being levied against them, the Redskins were able to secure two fresh targets for the future face of the franchise in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.
Couple that with the young backfield of Roy Helu and Evan Royster and Washington’s offense has the most potential heading into this season than any other in recent history.
But with hype comes expectations. Hall, however, thinks RGIII can meet them.
“I think he can impact this team like Cam [Newton] did,” Hall told the show. “Obviously with a better defense, a little more weapons around him than Cam had. I think the kid’s electric.”
Newton passed for 21 touchdowns and 4,051 yards in his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.
And while Griffin’s impact is expected to be on par with Newton, he has drawn an even bigger comparison to Philadelphia Eagle’s quarterback Michael Vick.
“A lot of people liken him to Michael Vick because he’s a black guy and he’s fast, but his mentality compared to what Mike’s was when he came into the league is 360 — just totally different,” said Hall.
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For the sake of argument, in Vick’s first full season with the Atlanta Falcons (2002) he passed for 2,936 yards, rushed for 777 more and passed 16 touchdowns with 8 interceptions.
Perhaps more important than Griffin’s upbringing and the immediate impact he’s expected to have on the Redskins is the fact that he is a born competitor, which left a big impression on Hall.
“I can remember hearing him at the [Scouting] Combine say, ‘I can’t wait to compete against Andrew Luck,’ ” Hall recalled. “Andrew Luck is like, ‘I’m not competing against nobody. I’m just going out here to show these guys what I’ve got.’ He knows he’s already the No. 1 guy. But for Griffin come in there and off the top say ‘Hey, I’m calling out who y’all say is the best guy and I’m ready to go against him.’ ”
Hall returned to Redskins Park on Monday for the first of the team’s offseason workouts.