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NFL Films’ Cosell Ranks Griffin Over Luck

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 2:07 pm

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When it comes to the art of film study, few football-heads do it better than Greg Cosell of NFL Films.  Impervious to workouts and character off the field, Cosell strictly analyzes how a player performs on the gridiron.

What you see is what you get, which is a refreshing perspective in the age of over-thinking.

In the lead up to Thursday’s draft, Cosell put together his first ever mock draft, designed to match biggest team need with best prospect on film.  He’s watched hundreds of hours of college film, because, well, that’s what he does:

I am solely basing my player evaluations on what’s on the tape. That’s what I do. I watch tape.

And what Cosell determined during that film study, is that Robert Griffin III is the better quarterback prospect.  Not ‘he could develop in the future.’  Not ‘better for certain systems.’  He’s a better quarterback, right now.

Here’s his full analysis of Griffin–the man, the myth, the tape:

1. Indianapolis (I know they are taking Andrew Luck but that’s not important for this exercise): My highest rated quarterback is Robert Griffin III. Projecting college quarterbacks to the NFL demands an understanding of the attributes needed to play on Sunday. I presented those earlier this week.

My conclusion: Griffin is a superior arm talent and better natural passer than Luck. This debate will rage for a long time, but that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

While comparing Luck to Griffin, most pundits have used subtle descriptions to differentiate between the two quarterbacks.  For Mike Mayock, Luck was “No. 1″ and Griffin was “1A.”  The popular phrase in recent weeks has been that Griffin has “more upside,” but Luck is more “NFL-ready.”

Hogwash, says Cosell.  They may both be good, but Griffin is top dog at this stage of the game, and if the upside reports are true, then he is the better quarterback.

To be fair, Cosell says Luck may be a better fit for the Redskins than he would for Indianapolis, given Matt Schaub’s success in Houston.  If Luck falls to the Redskins at No. 2, Redskins fans have every right to be ecstatic:

2. Washington: There are similarities between the offense Mike and Kyle Shanahan run, and the Houston Texans offense of Gary Kubiak. Andrew Luck fits very well into that scheme.

He’s a bigger, more physical and more talented Matt Schaub, with the same kind of short to intermediate passing efficiency and more athleticism to get outside the pocket on designed rollouts. Luck would be outstanding in that offense.

Reports came out today that the Colts are set on taking Luck at No. 1, but there are no guarantees until the picks are announced on Thursday.  Be careful what you believe between then and now, because this is the best time of the year for smokescreens and posturing.

Then again, Redskins fans have nothing to be upset about.  Left with the best quarterback on film or the best player for the system?  Either way, the Redskins win.


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6 Responses to “NFL Films’ Cosell Ranks Griffin Over Luck”

  1. By David W on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree with Cosell. I think what most are forgetting about RG is that he came into his Heisman Trophy season, having rested 80% of the season, previously. His first season, he was out due to an ACL, second season out after 3 games, due to injury. Then returns fresh – more rested with a clearer mind than any other players. He had only 1 exceptional year.

    Luck on the other hand has played the entire time once entering a college program and established himself each and all years, consistently. In my opinion, there is not enough historical evidence, from tapes to say or determine that RG is the top dog of the two QB’s. Luck not only has establish a consistent history, but also learned an NFL system and is very comfortable with it. He has the attitude and style of Joe Theisman. he is also tough like Joe..

    We all know what showboating does in Washington, just look at Deion Sanders. Deion was smart, quick, all those things RG is and had a proven track record already in the NFL.. yet was a flop..Sure Deion was not a QB, but my point is about the similar characteristics…

  2. By Dale C on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    @David W – How dare you compare Robert Griffin III to that vile, ex-Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders! Robert Griffin III is a class act all the way and resembles Deion in no way, fashion or form. RG3 has ALREADY proven he’s not a big mouth (like Deion was) in the media. You really need to retract that statement. You must be either blind or insane!

  3. By skinsfan4 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    @David W – The other thing to remember is that when Deion came to Washington, he was “Past-his-Primetime”. Dude was at the tail end of his career and nowhere near the talent he was in his early years.

  4. By snyper94z28 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    no smoke screen with luck goin number 1, colts admitted today and also told luck he is going first. the smoke screen isnt needed for the first pick unless your trading it and you want teams to think unless they trade up they wont get the man they want. in this case the smoke screen isnt present, nor needed…as we all know and most knew for weeks, luck will go number one, griffin number 2. i been watching my own film of these two QB’s and i see two very similar and two very different QB’s. they are similar in the fact that they should be great nfl players, but different in how they do it. contrary to what people think LUCK actually runs more out of the pocket then griffin, griffin runs around to buy time for a throw and luck just takes off. espn had a report that showed that luck runs more from the pocket then griffin does. griffin is a throwing qb that can run, unlike vick who is a runner that throws. griffin will take off from time to time but he will almost always be looking downfield for a big play. im very happy with griffin as our qb. and to those saying hes to small, hes 6,3′ and 223 pounds. his college program list him as 205…that was his freshman year. like the nfl, players weight arent updated after the first year, for example barry coefield is listed around 320, his actual wight is over 360, so there ya go.

  5. By ALLinSKINS on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    your comparison to Deion makes no sense what so ever. Deion plays football and so does RG3 and after that there are no similarities. A matter of fact RG3 and Luck have more in common then him and Deion lol.

    End of day merits ca get be argued for either QB and Luck has a larger body of work but that doea not equal to better QB at the NFl level.

    Heck Beck played four years at BYU and he was not better then any 2 or 3 year QB in his class. Bottom line the answer to who is better will be definitively answered 2022! Talk you in ten on who is better.

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