Tonight, live from New York, the three-day celebration of hype and hope known as the NFL Draft kicks off. For most fans, the most important thing is the players their team take (note to Bears: offensive line, offensive line, offensive line). But, overall, the big story is that the two of the worst teams in the NFL are getting new QBs.
Andrew Luck, a prospect that has been drooled over for years, takes over for Peyton Manning in Indy. In three years as a starter at Stanford (he redshirted as a freshman), he finished runner-up in the Heisman race twice, brought his team to two BCS bowls, and finished with 67% completions and an 163 QB rating.
Robert Griffin III tries to save the former flagship franchise of the Washington Redskins, and while the shine is off coach Mike Shanahan, he still has a great pedigree as a QB coach. In three years as a starter at Baylor (he was hurt as a sophomore), he won the Heisman trophy, brought his team from backwater status to relevancy, and finished with 10K years passing, 2K yards rushing and an 155 QB rating.
Both look like can’t-miss prospects, and hold the long-term future of their future teams in their hands. But, the odds are good that one is a mirage.