The Washington Redskins selected Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: Griffin fits what Mike Shanahan is looking for in a quarterback to run his West Coast offense. The ultra-mobile rookie will be used heavily on designed rollout, bootleg and naked bootleg plays to take advantage of his athleticism as well as ability to throw on the move.
Washington has signed several free agents to help bolster their receiving corps, which is led by veteran Santana Moss. Add Pierre Garcon as a deep threat to pair with RG3's strong arm, and the Redskins could have a formidable downfield aerial game. The 'Skins also signed Joshua Morgan and are returning sophomore receiver Leonard Hankerson as a possible starter.
The tight end position is extremely deep with Fred Davis, Chris Cooley and wideout-convert Niles Paul headlining the group. Each player brings athleticism and the ability to generate yardage after the catch to the offense.
Griffin will have a competent - if not potentially dangerous - running game to rely on, too. Washington wants to re-sign Tim Hightower (knee) to a stable that includes Evan Royster and Roy Helu.
Fantasy football owners should consider Griffin a slightly better rookie option than Andrew Luck, as RG3's running ability and stronger supporting cast put him in better position for immediate success. Draft the Heisman Trophy winner as a midrange No. 2 if you have a strong starter. His long-term outlook isn't too shabby, either. Griffin is a quarterback who happens to be a great athlete, which bodes well for success in the NFL.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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