Only a few days away from the 2012 NFL Draft, Robert Griffin III is believed to be a top quarterback prospect and likely number two pick to the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins believe that Griffin will revitalize their franchise but they may be disappointed if the 22-year-old Baylor product isn’t able to stay healthy.
Scott Wright from Draftcountdown.com joined 106.7 The Fan’s <em>Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier </em>to talk about RG3 and potential vulnerability.
“Griffin is a little more susceptible to injury because of his style of play,” said Wright. “He’s definitely mobile and he can make plays with his feet. Don’t get me wrong he is a pass-first quarterback but he also has the second dimension and along with that comes the risk of injury.”
The Redskins have spent the early part of the offseason adding offensive weapons to aid their their future quarterback’s transition to the NFL. Included in the upgrades were wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, who signed early in the free agency period.
They also used their franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis and with former Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson returning from a hip injury, Griffin should have plenty of options in the passing game.
Griffin proclaims himself a pass-first quarterback but without any significant upgrades to the offensive line, he may be forced to rely on his athleticism frequently during his rookie season. According to Wright, this could be an issue because Griffin has already suffered a season-ending injury during his career.
“People forget in 2009 he missed basically that whole season with a torn ACL. So he already has some durability concerns,” said Wright. “I think that’s the one thing that could potentially prevent him from fulfilling his vast potential.”
Despite injury concerns, that realistically exist for any player in the NFL, Wright believes that RG3 is deserving of the number two overall pick and that he can become the face of the franchise.
“Nothing against Robert Griffin III, who be the first overall pick in almost any other year,” said Wright. “He’s a dynamic talent, I think he’s going to have the career that Michael Vick was supposed to.”
Listen to Holden and Danny‘s interview with Scott Wright below