Andrew Luck vs Robert Griffin III

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The 2012 NFL Draft is now here and we already know who the top two picks will be. The Indianapolis Colts have the very first selection and they have chosen Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck will become the 4th Stanford quarterback to be chosen 1st overall, a list that also includes Bobby Garret, Jim Plunkett, and John Elway.

Andrew Luck will have to replace former Indianapolis quarterback Payton Manning who signed with the Denver Broncos just a little more then a month ago. Luck will look to make an immediate impact with the departure of Manning, a task that will not be easy. The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a 2-14 season, ending a long streak of 10 or more win seasons for the franchise. The Colts are in rebuilding mode and it will be up to Luck to lay the foundation, just as Manning did 14 seasons ago.

With Luck off the board, the Washington Redskins have made it official and they have signed the dynamic Baylor quarterback, Robert Griffin lll. Just as Luck, RG3 will be expected to make an immediate difference in the franchise. RG3 is in a much different situation then Luck is. Griffin lll will battle Rex Grossman this summer for the starting position. Many people expect RG3 to win this, but Grossman is no push over. RG3 is in Washington for the long haul, but remember, Grossman was part a starter on the Chicago Bears when they went to the Superbowl.

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin lll will forever be connected, associated, and compared to one another. Andrew Luck has the highest draft rating for a quarterback ever, higher then the previous score of John Elway in 1983. RG3 has all the attributes you look for in a quarterback and more. Griffin lll has deadly speed in the open field and a strong arm. We haven't seen two top quarterbacks like this ever and the experts believe both will have great NFL careers. Overall, Luck seems to have a small advantage over RG3, or does he? We now will take a look back on their storied careers.

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ROBERT GRIFFIN lll


Robert Griffin lll had an unbelievable 2011 season for the Baylor Bears. RG3 won the Heisman Award and the Davy O'Brien Award as well in 2011. RG3 led the Baylor Bears to a 10-3 record in 2011 and a win in the Alamo Bowl. Griffin lll put up incredible numbers for Baylor last season. Griffin lll is going to Washington to try and turn around a franchise that has struggled at the quarterback position. The Redskins finished last in their division with a 5-11 record.

RG3 had the best season of any athlete in 2011. He completed 72.4% of his passes last season while throwing for 4,293 yards. Griffin lll threw a career high 37 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions. As you may already know, Griffin lll can run the ball too. RG3 rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.

Griffin also put up some great milestones last season. RG3 had 9 games where he passed for more then 300 yards. He had 4 games where he passed for more then 400 yards. He also had 2 games where he rushed for 100 yards or more.

For his career, RG3 has passed for 10,366 yards. He had threw 78 touchdowns with 17 career interceptions. In the rushing department, Griffin lll has 2,257 career rushing yards with 33 touchdowns. RG3 brought a crippled program back to life and made them into a Big 12 powerhouse. Baylor will always remember his play when Baylor took on Oklahoma. Griffin lll led Baylor to a 45-38 win, throwing for 479 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He added 72 more yards on the ground in a game that Baylor fans will forever remember.

GRIFFIN lll CAREER STATS

YEAR
COMP
ATT
YARDS
COMP%
TD
INT
2011
291
402
4293
72.4
37
6
2010
304
454
3501
67.0
22
8
2009
45
69
481
65.2
4
0
2008
160
267
2091
59.9
15
3
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ANDREW LUCK


Andrew Luck has had a great solid career and another great 2011 season. Luck had been drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as the overall number one pick. Luck was the runner-up in the Heisman vote in 2011. Andrew won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Award in 2011. He will begin his journey in Indianapolis where he is expected to be the starting quarterback this fall. The Colts are rebuilding and they hope Luck is the foundation for the next decade or more. The Colts finished last in the NFL with a 2-14 mark.

There is a reason that Luck was chosen first, it is his solid career. At 6-4, 235 pounds, Luck is the perfect build at quarterback. He has everything you look for at the next level. Just as RG3, Luck had a great season in 2011. Luck completed 71.3% of his passes while throwing for 3,501 yards. Luck threw 37 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. His 3,501 yards and 37 touchdowns were both career highs.

Luck put up some solid milestones in 2011 as well. Andrew threw 3 or more touchdown passes in 8 games in 2011. In 3 of those 8 games, he threw 4 touchdowns. Luck threw for 300 or more yards in 5 games last season.

Andrew Luck has put up great numbers in his 3 years at Stanford. Luck turned the Stanford program around and piled up a 31-7 mark as the Cardinal quarterback. In his career, Luck has threw for 9,430 yards. He has threw 82 touchdown passes with only 22 interceptions. Luck led Stanford to the 2012 Fiesta Bowl where they lost in overtime 41-38 against Oklahoma State.

ANDREW LUCK CAREER STATS

YEAR
COMP
ATT
YARDS
COMP%
TD
INT
2011
288
404
3517
71.3
37
10
2010
263
372
3338
70.7
32
8
2009
162
288
2575
56.3
13
4
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS


Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin lll. Who is better? Who will have the better start? Who will have the better career? These are questions that we ask, but are impossible to answer. Both Luck and RG3 have similar stats and similar mechanics. They will forever be linked with one another for years to come. The experts say Luck is better, but a few choose RG3 in the short term. This is truly a toss up.

RG3 put up great numbers last season, solidly ahead of Luck in many categories. When we look deeper into this, we find that Griffin lll had better players then Stanford. Baylor not only had better receivers, they had a much better running back as well. Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway ran the ball 250 times for 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns. Stanford running back Stephan Taylor was solid with 242 carries, running for 1,330 yards and 10 touchdowns. But when you add Griffin lll into the equation, Baylor had a much better running game. This would open the passing lanes for RG3, allowing him to throw for much more yardage.

We can look at the stats and tell that Baylor had the better receivers as well. RG3 threw to 14 different receivers during the 2011 season. Kendal Wright, Terrance Williams, and Tevin Reese had big seasons for Baylor last year. Wright caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. Williams caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. Reese caught 51 balls for 877 yards and 7 touchdowns. All 3 Baylor receivers had more yardage then any Stanford receiver.

Luck threw to 17 different receivers in 2011. Out of 17 receivers, 9 of them caught 9 passes or less. All 9 receivers had less then 100 yards receiving. Griff Whalen caught 56 passes for Stanford last season, gaining 749 yards and 4 touchdowns. Coby Fleener caught 34 passes for 667 yards, but had 10 touchdown grabs. Levine Toilolo caught 25 balls for 343 yards and 6 touchdowns.

When you compare the offenses, Baylor was much better then Stanford. You really have to dig into the stats to understand each quarterbacks strength. When we look at the stats, we find that Luck was a slow starter. Luck threw 5 touchdowns in the 1st quarter and threw 5 interceptions also, which is half of his 10 interception total. This may show that he is nervous or he is trying to hard to make a play. When it comes to the 2nd half of games in 2011, Luck is lights out. Luck tosses 20 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions in the 2nd half. This is where games are won or lost. Luck's most impressive stat is in the red zone. Luck threw 27 touchdown passes and had 0 interceptions. This is a must have trait at the next level. Simply impressive.

Griffin lll also has some interesting stats from last season. RG3 was also very good in the redzone. He threw 18 touchdowns and only had 2 interceptions in the redzone in 2011. You can't have turnovers in the redzone. When you do, you are taking points off the scoreboard. Griffin is also very efficient on first downs. This is very important as well. If you don't have success on first down, you leave long second and third downs that are much harder to convert. You have to be successful on first downs in the NFL.

Both quarterbacks were solid against the top 25 this season. Luck completed 73% of his passes versus ranked teams. He threw for 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. RG3 was equally impressive, completing 68% of his throws. He passed for 13 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. The jury is still out on these two and I will leave it up to you to debate, but their body of work is in front of you. Washington has more pieces in place right now so many believe RG3 will have a fast solid start for a rookie. Indianapolis is rebuilding and we are likely to see growing pains. Then again, Luck may have the luck of the horseshoe and have a year like no other rookie. One thing for sure, it should be fun watching them this fall.

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SkylerPhoenix 4 years ago

Great Hub. Keep up the great work! :)


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