RG III + Redskins = Perfect Match

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is expected to be a top five pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Washington Redskins are one of several teams very interested in the Baylor product. Photo by: Mike Davis / Flickr

BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

Out of all the potential places he could land, 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III would be best suited to start his NFL career in a Washington Redskins jersey.

The Washington Redskins are one of the many teams currently contemplating trading up to receive the Ram’s second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They are reportedly willing to offer their sixth overall pick and next year’s first round selection along with two other picks for the opportunity to draft RG III. While it is a very steep price, it will be well worth it.

For starters, the Washington Redskins need a true franchise quarterback. For too long now have they rested all their hopes upon the shoulders of journeymen (John Beck), inconsistent youth (Jason Campbell), and aging veterans (Donovan McNabb).

They need a fresh face to represent the franchise, and RG III would be the perfect match. He is an electrifying and incredibly talented athletic force whose college highlight reel has both scouts and fans salivating at the mouth. On-field heroics aside, he is also a very intelligent and well-mannered young man whose witty personality would reflect positively on the Redskins organization. The Redskins’ win-starved fan base needs a player they can believe in, someone who can serve as the pillar of the offense with both his play-making abilities and leadership qualities. RG III is the ideal candidate. Plus, in terms of sheer sporting entertainment, few other athletes can match the mind-numbing level of excitement Griffin brings to the field.

While the Redskins finished the 2011 NFL season with a dismal 5-11 record, they did have some things to smile about. Their defense ranked 13th overall, giving up 339.8 yards and an average of 22.9 points per game. The Redskins’ defensive unit may not be as potent and feared as the Ravens or Steelers, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. Offensively, they possess several key playmaking pieces in the form of beastly tight end Fred Davis, aging burner Santana Moss, and dynamic receiver Jabar Gaffney, who lead the team with 947 receiving yards in 2011. These players, on both sides of the ball, will allow Griffin to come in and compete instantly. Now I’m not saying Moss or Gaffney are even close to the premier wide receivers in the league, but they have proven they can be relatively consistent and would serve as reliable targets for Griffin’s rookie campaign.

Griffin would also serve as Mike Shanahan’s last true chance to bring this floundering franchise back to relevance. In his two years as head coach, Shanahan has failed to instill a new winning tradition in the Redskins, managing to only win a total of 11 games over the course of the 2010-2011 seasons. It was his job to turn them around, to revamp the roster, to brighten the future, and ultimately to get them into the playoffs. So far, he has been unable to achieve any of those goals. Griffin is his final chance. He’ll have an athletic super freak franchise quarterback who will hopefully lead the Redskins into a new era. No more excuses. If they draft Griffin, the burden will be on Shanahan’s shoulders to cultivate him into a quality NFL signal caller.

In the turbulent months of negotiating, debating, and outright lying that goes on prior to draft day, there is no telling who will end up snatching the Ram’s second overall pick. It could be the Browns, Dolphins, or another team might show up on the radar. Or it could be the Redskins, a once proud franchise who has teetered on the brink of football irrelevance for years now, who are sorely in need of some excitement and hope.

If RG III does get drafted by the Redskins, expect to witness the rebirth of a franchise, a glorious new beginning full of optimism and excitement. And at the helm of that gaudy new revolution will be an amazing athlete and human being who will revitalize the spirit of the organization, the fans, and ultimately, the city.


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