WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III could have a quicker impact with the Washington Redskins than Andrew Luck has with the Indianapolis Colts. It’s an interesting notion given the Baylor quarterback is projected to be the second pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft, behind Luck.
However, some speculate RGIII’s fast start will eventually be overshadowed by Luck’s long-term success. It’s a gamble of immediacy vs. long-term success.
Bruce Feldman, college football columnist for CBSSports.com, doesn’t necessarily buy into that philosophy.
“I think Robert Griffin’s ceiling is pretty high,” Feldman said during Wednesday’s broadcast of LaVar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. “You’re talking about a guy who has got pretty good size and world-class speed, even though he really would like to show you he’s more of a pocket passer. What impresses me the most with him is how much improvement he made throwing the deep ball from 2010 to 2011. It was a dramatic improvement.”
TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who is widely believed to be one of the best defensive minded coaches in the country, confirmed to Feldman that he too had seen remarkable improvement in Griffin’s game during that stretch.
The Redskins have made significant upgrades at wide receiver through free agency this offseason, which should help ease Griffin’s transition to the NFL.
“I think both those guys are going to have a ton of success,” Feldman added about the quarterbacks. “It’s just Griffin may be going into a better situation. So, he may have a quicker impact.”
The truth is that it is all speculation and conjecture at this point. The two can settle their battle for supremacy in the third week of the preseason in August. Is that a fast enough start?