With Robert Griffin III turning heads at the NFL's scouting combine, the Heisman Trophy winner has certainly captured the attention of general managers across the league. Projected to be the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NFL draft, Griffin's 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds was the fastest recorded by a quarterback at the combine since Michael Vick in 2001.
As the Jets mull their quarterback options, little has been made of the possibility that the team could swing a trade to acquire RG3. The St. Louis Rams are sitting pretty at the No. 2 draft position—already holding claim to their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford. As the Rams sit back and let the trade offers pour in, the Jets hold the viable assets to potentially complete a deal for Griffin. Questions still remain about the Ram's asking price and whether New York is ready to move on from its own Sanchize quarterback.
With the Green and White reportedly part of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, the saga in Indianapolis would have to play out before New York can turn its attention to Griffin. Given Manning's injury concerns, it might behoove Gang Green to target the 22-year-old Griffin as opposed to the soon to be 36- year-old Indianapolis star.
Griffin would be an ideal fit in Rex Ryan's ground and pound offense—making plays with his feet while keeping opposing defenses on their heels. Drawing comparisons to Michael Vick and more recently Cam Newton, Griffin's agility in the pocket and powerful arm strength have NFL front offices scrambling to assemble a trade package to obtain the former Baylor Bears quarterback.
Currently, the Jets hold the No. 16, 47 and 78 overall picks in the first-three rounds of the upcoming NFL draft. New York would need to offer a combination of its 2012 1st round pick, future 1st and 2nd round draft choices, along with at least one offensive or defensive starter under contract to entice the Rams to accept their offer.
There's no question that the Jets are near the bottom of the totem pole for teams vying for Griffin's services, but with New York searching for answers at the quarterback position, they seem determined not to leave any stone unturned this offseason.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.comblog comments powered by Disqus