The Tale Of Two Number Ones

How many drafts in recent memory have had two legitimate number one franchise quarterbacks? None that I can recall. Maybe back when Peyton Manning came out and was up against Ryan Leaf. And we all know how that played out. Manning is still (arguably) in the midst of a Hall of Fame career, Leaf is somewhere between selling insurance and drug convictions.

So how will this class pan out? Is it Andrew Luck, or Robert Griffin III? Which would you choose? I have an opinion.  And it probably isn’t the status quo.  What would you do if you were the Colts, who happen to hold the rights to the number one pick in the 2012 upcoming draft.  They also have that guy I mentioned earlier, you know that Manning kid.  The guy who is a sure fire Hall of Famer right now.  But there in lies the rub. Manning’s health is questionable at best.  After having 4 neck surgeries in the past year, which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season is Manning ready to resume his all-star career? The debate is still in. So I ask again, what should the Colts do? There are numerous suitors if the Colts decide to part ways and go with youth, which most talking heads believe is the course they will take. And I agree. In this league, you go with youth, especially if you have two arguably can’t miss franchise QB’s ready to step in.

Robert Griffin III with the 2012 Heisman

So then the argument changes. Which one. Luck or RG3? Both have ability, that was proven on the national stage in the college game. But both have slightly different games. Although, I will argue not that different. Not that different at all. Some will say that Luck is the best pure pocket passer to come out of college since.. well since Manning. I would probably not disagree. He has tremendous presence in the pocket. Can read a defense like a veteran NFL QB right now. He is the most ready to play right away QB I might have ever seen.  A definite can’t miss prospect.  But RG3 is no slouch either. The difference is RG3 can break defensive backs ankles when he decides to take off from the pocket. Luck can not do that. Edge to RG3.  So the kid can run. That means he probably can’t stand in the pocket and pick apart those same DB’s. Wrong. Go watch some of the film. Repeatedly his Senior year he stood tall in the pocket and threw deep, medium, all over the yard. Checking off defenders, finding the open man. Throwing a beautiful ball.  And what pushed me over the edge was hearing him at the combine, being interviewed. The kid is smart, insightful, well spoken.  He will be a great addition to any team and especially to any city.  So I guess if I were the Colts, I would be picking RG3. But we all know, they are already going with the safe pick.  Some it’s safe, I don’t.  Well all I say is.. Good Luck.

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