December 17, 2011
2012 NFL Mock Draft: Robert Griffin III Continues to Shoot Up Draft Charts
Before the 2011 college football season kicked off, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was mentioned often as a second or third round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Now, there are some who actually believe he should go first, ahead of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
I’m not ready to make that big of a leap, but Griffin has been shooting up the draft boards further and further every week.
After his performance against Texas, the Heisman Trophy winner vaulted past the other quarterbacks to the second best on most draft boards.
Griffin has been unbelievable this season.
He has thrown for 3,998 yards, 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He has also rushed for 644 yards and nine more touchdowns.
Baylor is currently ranked as the sixth scoring offense in the nation because of Griffin. If it weren’t for the poor defensive play, they could have made a run at the National Championship.
As impressive as he has been, it’s still difficult to put Griffin ahead of Luck in the race for the top spot.
Andrew Luck has been dubbed by multiple experts as the closest thing you can get to a sure franchise quarterback.
The Colts are looking like they will land the top spot in the draft, and many have already decided Luck will be the next Peyton Manning for the team.
Right now the race is tighter than ever. Nothing is set in stone just yet.
Each guy still has one more game to play.
Michael Mill’s Full 2012 NFL Mock Draft
1. Indianapolis Colts: QB Andrew Luck (Stanford)
2. St. Louis Rams: WR Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
3. Minnesota Vikings: OT Matt Kalil (USC)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)
5. Washington Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Morris Claiborne (LSU)
7. Miami Dolphins: QB Matt Barkley (USC)
8. Cleveland Browns: RB Trent Richardson (Alabama)
9. Carolina Panthers: DE Quinton Coples (North Carolina)
10. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Jonathan Martin (Stanford)
11. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama)
12. Buffalo Bills: DT Devon Still (Penn State)
13. Seattle Seahawks: LB Vontaze Burfict (Arizona State)
14. San Diego Chargers: LB Dont’a Hightower (Alabama)
15. Arizona Cardinals: LB Luke Kuechly (Boston College)
16. Tennessee Titans: OG David DeCastro (Stanford)
17. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Alfonzo Dennard (Nebraska)
18. New York Giants: LB Zach Brown (North Carolina)
19. Dallas Cowboys: LB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama)
20. Cincinnati Bengals: RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)
21. Chicago Bears: WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)
22. New York Jets: LB Ronnell Lewis (Oklahoma)
23. Detroit Lions: C Peter Konz (Wisconsin)
24. Denver Broncos: DE Jared Crick (Nebraska)
25. Cleveland Browns: WR Nick Toon (Wisconsin)
26. San Francisco 49ers: S Mark Barron (Alabama)
27. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG Cordy Glenn (Georgia)
28. New England Patriots: OT Riley Reiff (Iowa)
29. New England Patriots: DT Brandon Thompson (Clemson)
30. Houston Texans: WR Kendall Wright (Baylor)
31. Baltimore Ravens: OT Mike Adams (Ohio State)
32. Green Bay Packers: DT Jerel Worthy (Michigan State)
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