2012 NFL Draft: Is Robert Griffin III Too Good to Pass Up?

J.C. LilleheiContributor IIFebruary 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, I like many other Vikings' fans were shocked. It was in my mind, a huge reach at the time but after awhile I started to 'warm up' to the pick after reading about the Vikings' reasoning.

However, nine months later the Vikings' are in a complete rebuilding mode and they are faced with an even tougher decision. What happens if Robert Griffin III falls into the Vikings' lap at the 3rd pick? Is it really smart to pass up on a potential Cam Newtonesque prospect? 

The Vikings and Rick Spielman are confident and believe that Christian Ponder is 'the guy' but I believe that the Vikings should strongly consider drafting Robert Griffin III with the 3rd pick. RG3, like Cam Newton, has potential off the charts and if he turns out to be similar to Newton, the Vikings and Vikings' fans would be left even more frustrated than we already are. 

There is no guarantee that RG3 will even be around at the 3rd pick. It is possible that the Rams will trade the pick to a suitor who needs a potential franchise QB, but maybe the Rams take Matt Kalil.

That would leave the Vikings in a very interesting situation. The Vikings' phones would be ringing off the chain with calls from the Dolphins, Browns or Redskins. This would put the Vikings in the situation to either trade the pick or pick RG3.  

The Vikings would have a lot of leverage in this position and if they traded the pick, they could acquire some young talent or some high round picks in the future (maybe even similar to the Browns & Falcons trade of last year). The Vikings could then select someone like Riley Reiff and invest in multiple positions rather than one. 

A lot of people are against the Vikings drafting RG3 for the fact that we invested such a high pick in Christian Ponder. I agree that that argument is valid and would essentially nullify last years first round pick, but think of what the Panthers did last year.

In the 2010 NFL draft they took Jimmy Clausen with the 48th pick of the draft. Clausen struggled his rookie year (Ponder had a much better rookie year in comparison). The Panthers then went out and took Cam Newton with their first round pick and we all know how that turned out.

The Vikings could do something similar and then have an open competition for the quarterback position going into the 2012 season. 

I'm trying to rationalize that drafting RG3 wouldn't be outrageous and in the long run might work in the Vikings favor. I also do think Christian Ponder has a bright future in the NFL but RG3's is probably brighter. When it is all said and done I do believe the Vikings will either end up taking Matt Kalil or trading the pick.

I just hope they consider RG3 very seriously. What do you guys think?

Do you think that RG3 would make sense? Thanks for the read and go Vikes!