Former Baylor standout and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III appeared to have the NFL wrapped around his finger after a standout rookie season that earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
The NFL had no answer for his style of play, which incorporated the zone read game that he excelled at so much in college along with shoawcasing his big arm. But things quickly turned sour for RG3 and he's since fallen out of favor in Washington with the emergence of Kirk Cousins. He played in just one game in 2015 and was a healthy scratch for much of the season.
His ties to the Cowboys this offseason have been strong and several people have come out and said it'd be the perfect landing spot for the Copperas Cove native and Baylor hero. But what would the Cowboys be getting, exactly? And would he be willing to be a backup?
The Washington Post did an anonymous survey of NFL coaches, executives and scouts on the future of Griffin, and the results were mixed.
Of the dozen people interviewed for their story, the majority said they believe Griffin could be a starter for another team in 2016 and doesn't need to settle for a backup spot behind Tony Romo. They said that based off the fact he's more NFL ready than any quarterback in this draft class and he's displayed a great playmaking ability.
Said a pro scout from an NFC team: "There isn't a quarterback in this draft as talented as RGIII. They're all developmental guys that will need to hold the clipboard for a few years. Griffin can play right away."
Others said RG3's talents have been figured out and he can't do what he does best against NFL defenses anymore, and they also cited massive injury concerns.
"He was running a system the league had never seen before. Not on that scale," an NFC front-office executive said. "They didn't know how to stop it. But coaches are smart. They did their homework in the offseason, came back the next year, and that element of surprise doesn't exist anymore. So, RG doesn't scare them anymore."