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RG3's Impact on Upcoming Draft

Will the Ravens Pursue a Quarterback?

April 11, 2018 - 10:17 am

By Austin Medina

The recent signing of Robert Griffin III has turned the NFL World on its side. Some fans are ecstatic while most are confused.

Griffin III hasn’t played professionally in over a year. Last season, he wasn’t even on an NFL roster after getting cut by the league-worst Cleveland Browns. Still Baltimore has taken a chance on him.

The 2012 Rookie of the Year clearly has the talent to be a starter in this league. Nevertheless, his physical and mental traits are what concern the majority.

The Ravens have the 16th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Does the signing of RG3 prevent them from taking a quarterback to be Flacco’s heir apparent?

Many mock drafts have Lamar Jackson available by the time Baltimore selects. Jackson is a Heisman trophy winner and ripped up the competition in college. His talent speaks for itself yet is this enough for the Ravens to take a chance?

Perhaps the signing of RG3 was done with the idea of drafting Jackson, and that Griffin could help him adjust to the pro-level. It wasn’t too long ago that Griffin III took the league by storm with his arm and running ability.

Jackson possesses many of the qualities that Griifin had out of college and maybe his knowledge of the game is why Baltimore signed Griffin in the first place. To help mold Jackson into a future starting quarterback?

This could be a reach, yet signing Griffin III to be a full-time backup with his injury history doesn’t seem like a great investment. Injuries can riddle careers, but those experiences are never lost.

With the NFL Draft two weeks away, it will be intriguing to see who Baltimore takes with the 16th overall. They have plenty other positions to upgrade other than quarterback. With a talent like Jackson possibly available, it will be hard to pass up.

Griffin III spoke to the media about backing up Flacco stating "he’s been to the pinnacle, won the Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP. I think that’s a great opportunity to learn from him.” Time will tell if Griffin III will be getting Flacco's undivided attention.