[Editor’s Note: Officially, no Redskins official is talking on the record about Robert Griffin III or a potential trade, so any rumors and reports – in any publication – are speculation at this point.]
This just in: Baylor prospect Robert Griffin III is an exciting playmaker at quarterback, and the Redskins could possibly have interest in drafting him.
Last season, Redskins quarterbacks combined for 14th in the NFL in total passing yards and 26th in aerial scoring. They threw for 3,773 yards, 19 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, and a rating of 73.3 yards.
For an unfair comparison, Griffin threw for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for another 699 yards and 10 touchdowns, deep in the heart of Texas.
To be clear, this is not groundbreaking stuff. The Redskins are, and should be interested in any player that can help them upgrade their roster. A player of Griffin’s caliber is going to attract attention from all corners of the league, and the main question remaining is who will give up the most to acquire his talent?
A majority of NFL.com experts are now predicting that team is the Washington Redskins:
Of the five panelists asked for a recent story on NFL.com, three predicted that the Redskins would win the RG3 Sweepstakes, with the other two calling for Cleveland. Here’s what the Redskins-camp had to say:
Jason La Canfora:
Of course, Leap Day speculation on a decision that will be made in two months is nothing if not premature, but this is the type of speculation that rules the offseason. As La Canfora points out, much will be decided by free agency, which is set to begin in two weeks.
Between then and now, the quarterback landscape could look much different, with some of the have-nots moving to the haves, and vice versa. But regardless of which teams are in play on April 26th, the road to Griffin likely runs through St. Louis, sitting at No. 2 on the draft board.
Presumably set at quarterback with former first-overall pick Sam Bradford, the Rams are in a position to sell high on whichever team wants Griffin. In his latest mock draft for NFL.com, La Canfora has the Redskins executing a draft-day trade to be that team:
He describes Griffin as “a bold, brash leader,” and someone that can excite the fanbase.
Another name that might be worth keeping an eye on, is the name selected at No. 6 on this board. Former Aggie Ryan Tannehill has been a fast-riser this offseason, and could work his way from a first or second-rounder, into a Top-10 pick.
After all, there is still two months of prospect poking, prodding and speculation to go.