The largest point of contention in the NFL Draft is quarterbacks. We all know that Stanford's Andrew Luck is at the top. it seems most have Southern California's Matt Barkley second. But third and fourth are still up in the air. If those spots are down to Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Robert Griffin III of Baylor, it should lead to some hot debate. With that in mind, here is what I told NFLMocks.com when choosing between the two:
As goofy as it sounds, (Griffin) may be more pro-ready than Jones. Both have issues with poise in the pocket, but it’s what they do when things break down around them. Griffin seems to be more in control rolling out and throwing on the move or taking off on a run. Jones gets so flustered under pressure. Jones has good pure talent, but is in a class below Griffin in that regard.
Someone who likely agrees with me is Matt Miller of New Era Scouting and Bleacher Report. (I know, I know, B/R sucks, whatever. Matt is good wherever he's at)
In his latest mock draft, he has Griffin being taken second overall by the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are as desperate as any team in the NFL for a new quarterback and Griffin would give them that and an infusion of excitement. So where do you stand on the quarterbacks? Let me know in the comments.
But back to this mock, I really enjoy it in terms of filling needs while still being reasonable. The only stretch I see is fitting Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis high into the first round, 15th overall to the San Diego Chargers. I'm not as high on Lewis as others and think he's a little too stiff to play linebacker.
Conversely, I like the idea of South Carolina's Melvin Ingram playing rush linebacker in a 3-4. I'm just not sure Dallas will take an outside linebacker with its first-round pick, as this mock portends. Continuing on the 3-4 players, at this point it's impossible to see North Carolina's Donte Paige-Moss landing in the first round after becoming a rotational player this season.