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2012 Phinsider Community NFL Mock Draft - Pick 2, Washington Redskins

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The second overall draft pick is in, with the Washington Redskins turning in their draft card. Earlier today, we saw the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. Now, we turn our attention to the Redskins, who traded up for this pick in March, trading first round picks this season with the St. Louis Rams, as well as giving the Rams their 2012 second-round selection, and their 2013 and 2014 first-round picks.

Pick Team Player
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck, QB

Let's get back to the draft:

Team: Washington Redskins
GM: Irishphan

And the pick is in:

With the second overall selection in the 2012 Phinsider NFL Mock Draft, the Washington Redksins select:

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears

Height: 6'2", Weight: 223 lbs.

From Irishphan [Editor's Note: Before the grammar police start complaining about things like "calibre" and "defences" in Irishphan's write-up, please realize that, by his name alone, you should realize that Irishphan will use the British style of English, as compared to the American English. His write-up it grammatically correct.]

As AnishB15 said this is the second easiest pick of the draft. Obviously if Andrew Luck falls, you pick him, but that is never going to happen. Andrew Luck is a different calibre; he is ready to dominate, day 1. He makes 2nd and 3rd reads, calls plays, makes audibles, adjustments, pocket presence, everything an NFL QB is supposed to do.

The Redskins need a QB bad, and they know it. Rex Grossman (snigger, snigger) wasn't getting it done, 1 of the few teams who need a QB more than the dolphins. They sacrificed a lot of picks to be in this position. It can be argued that it was worth it because you can never pay too much for a franchise qb, but now he HAS to be a franchise QB, or he's a bust. It is a very brave move, but the potential gain is infinitely high f they get their franchise QB.

RG3 has the same talent level, and that is why he gets picked 2nd. Great athlete, elite arm strength, measurable, accuracy, mechanics, and a leader. He can already hit deep outs, which is a huge plus in the NFL, as QBs that only complete passes through the middle narrow the zone that defences have to cover.

He is a very raw prospect though in terms of reads and calling plays. He doesn't line up under centre enough. And 90% of the time he didn't look past his first read. He takes the snap from shotgun, stares down Kendell Wright, and if he wasn't open he ran the ball. He also relied too much on option football. He is a lot of things, but he isn't Tebow where he can take several hits from NFL linebackers without getting hurt. He didn't make the play calls like Andrew Luck either.

Please note that I love RG3 and I am simply explaining why I think Andrew Luck is the better pick.

RG3 is going to be a real force in years to come and these are simply kinks that good coaching will have ironed out, probably by game 1.

From Walter Football:

Projected Round (2012): Top 5.
3/5/12: In just about any other draft, Griffin would be the No. 1 overall pick. He is the complete package with a cannon for an arm, great accuracy, elite athleticism, toughness, intelligence and worth ethic. Just like Luck, Griffin has tremendous intangibles. He put all that on display at the Scouting Combine and had a 40-time that was truly remarkable. Griffin should go second-overall to whichever team trades up with the Rams.

Griffin earned his Heisman Trophy and truly was the best player in college football this season as he led Baylor to a 10-win season. Griffin carried Baylor to thrilling wins over Oklahoma, Kansas and TCU. He displayed a very strong arm and good mobility. His accuracy was phenomenal on passes to the short, intermediate, and deep part of the field. In 2011, Griffin completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards with 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns. His decision-making was superb.

Griffin is not the biggest player, but there is no doubt that he has toughness. Griffin played through a concussion late in the season, and took a lot of big hits when he ran with the ball. One challenge will be fitting Griffin into a pro-style offense. He rarely took the snap from under center, and will need some development at the pro level. However it shouldn't be a problem as Griffin is extremely intelligent. He is known as a high-character individual off the field and a hard worker.

8/18/11: Robert Griffin III is a sleeper prospect who could surprise many in 2011. Baylor is busy promoting him as a Heisman candidate, and the junior signal caller is an exciting playmaker.

Last year, Griffin completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,501 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 635 yards on 149 carries (4.3 average) with eight touchdowns. Griffin was limited to only three games in 2009 due to a season-ending knee injury, but he looked strong and fast in 2010. Griffin carried the Bears to a seven-win season and being a formidable opponent on Saturdays. He combines a strong arm with his top-notch speed and mobility. Griffin's definitely a player to keep an eye on.

The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock.