JOSHUA KABAT – 2012 proved to be one of the best drafts for talent in a long time. It was tough but I narrowed the contenders down to three. This year was the best quarterback class since 1984. Although it is still way too early to tell, over time, this class might pan out to be the best ever. More and more in the NFL it seems as though if you want to be a complete QB, you must possess the ability to run. Two of the three finalists have just that.
Andrew Luck – 1st round (1st overall), Stanford. The Numbers: 54% completion percentage for 4,374 passing yards and 23 TD. Add another 255 rush yards with 5 rushing touchdowns. Andrew finished with a QB rating of 76.5. It is one thing to be the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. It is quite another to be that plus replace a legend in Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Andrew did his best Manning impersonation and I for one was impressed. He had not one or two, but 7 game winning drives. He led his team to 9 more wins over the 2-win total of last year. That performance was good enough for an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs as a wildcard team.
Robert Griffin III – 1st round (2nd overall), Baylor. The Numbers: 65% completion percentage for 3,200 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Add to that 815 yards rushing with another 7 rushing touchdowns. He finished with a 102.4 passer rating good for 3rd in the NFL. The Washington Redskins gave up a king’s ransom to move up 4 spots to the second pick in the draft. They gave the Rams their 1st round pick in 2012 (6th overall), 2013, and 2014, plus a 2nd round pick (39th overall). A decision that the Redskins are very happy they made. Down the stretch he led his team to 6 straight wins, 5 of which came in the division in route to winning the NFC East. RGIII brought a level of athleticism and excitement I haven’t seen since Michael Vick was in his heyday in Atlanta.
Russell Wilson – 3rd round (75th overall), Wisconsin. The Numbers: 64% completion percentage for 3,118 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. Add to that 489 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns. He finished with a 100.0 passer rating, good for 4th in the NFL. At the start of camp, Wilson was the backup to high priced free agent acquisition Matt Flynn. It did not talk long for the undersized QB (5’11”) to earn the starting job. He led his team to an 11-5 record and a berth into the playoffs as a wildcard team.
After careful consideration, I have determined that when all their careers are over, Andrew Luck will be the best quarterback and player of this class. As for Rookie of the Year for 2012, I award that to Robert Griffin III.
Sports Writer, TACD News