With one preseason game in the books, I felt it was time for a review and look to the future, beginning with number one overall pick Andrew Luck. The Colts QB couldn’t have asked for a better start to a career, connecting with Donald Brown for a 63 yard touchdown on his first pass in the NFL. After a strong showing during the game I expect Luck to perform solid throughout the season. Although I don’t see Cam Newton numbers, Luck is my lock for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Colts are certainly moving in the right direction, however, they are in need of help on defense and O-line before they can regain dominance in the AFC South.
Robert Griffin III the 2nd overall selection in the draft also had a strong showing in his first preseason game. Leading his team to the games only touchdown and a victory, Redskins fans are hopeful the Baylor standout will grow to be a star in the league. I have to say that I was impressed with RGIII’s first action behind center. He seems poised in the pocket and already commands respect in his huddle. My concerns for RGIII don’t have as much to do with him as the division he plays in. The NFC East is hands down the toughest division for QB’s when it comes to the pass rush. RGIII will have his hands full dodging the likes of Pierre-Paul, Trent Cole, and DeMarcus Ware. It is because of RGIII’s division that I think he will struggle in the NFL.
It was no surprise that the Miami Dolphins would draft QB Ryan Tannehill, what’s surprising is how well he has performed up to this point. Tannehill is the biggest question mark for me out of all the rookie QB’s this year. He has all the physical attributes you look for in a starter, but I am still not sold. I feel his efficiency may be skewed in the preseason because of his familiarity in the offensive system. Tannehill is going against 2nd team defenses learning their systems, while he is commanding an offense he ran in college. For the sake of the Dolphins franchise, I hope that Tannehill develops into a good QB. However, with his inexperience and total lack of offensive weapons, I see a bumpy start in the NFL for Ryan Tannehill.
With one of the more surprising picks in the draft, the Cleveland Browns selected QB Brandon Weeden 22nd overall. Although I like Weeden as a player and think he has a chance to be a good starter in the NFL, I don’t like the fit in Cleveland. The Browns are in a rebuilding phase, so choosing an aged rookie in Weeden is a bit of a head scratcher. The Browns drafted a player that is coming in with a potentially shorter career window, and with the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals in division, don’t expect easy trips to the playoffs anytime soon. After Weeden’s shaky performance in the first preseason game, I would anticipate more of the same during the season. If the Browns could land some playmakers to put around rookies Weeden and Trent Richardson, they may have a viable offense in the future,
Another interesting selection in the draft was the Seahawks choosing Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. Pete Carroll, who seems to be stockpiling QB’s, puzzled many experts with the pick. After an offseason where the Seahawks payed a hefty ransom for free agent Matt Flynn, it seemed obvious they would build around Flynn. However, Pete Carroll must have saw something from Wilson, which may have been on display in their first preseason game. Wilson amazed by using both his arm and legs to put up two scores. So who does Seattle go with? Although it may end up being the wrong decision, you have to go with Matt Flynn. Similar to the Kolb situation in Arizona, the team payed to high a price tag to not give it a chance. I wouldn’t count out seeing Wilson this season in some wildcat formations or if Flynn struggles badly. Either way, I feel Russell Wilson has the potential to be a solid player in the NFL, he just may need an opportunity on another team to prove it.