Seven games into the season, we have seen quite a bit of the first and second overall draft picks, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, respectively.
Thus far, Griffin's play has been sensational while Luck plods along in a manner typical of most rookie quarterbacks. RG3's QB rating is a whopping 101.3 as compared to Luck's less-than-pedestrian 72.3. RG3 has been a human highlight reel thus far, Luck more of an instructional video on what a young quarterback should expect during his first season in the NFL.
All that being said, there is still a lot of room to debate which player is the more promising quarterback to build a team around. The most obvious player RG3 can be compared to is Michael Vick, whose career has been marred not just by his conviction for dogfighting, but, more important for the sake of our argument, injury. 12 years into his career Vick wears a flackjacket to protect his perpetually bruised ribs. His propensity to take off and run from the pocket leaves him exposed to big hits, and overtime his skill has eroded because of it.
Already, the main concern surrounding RG3 is his inability to say no to those extra 2-3 yards, and simply get out of harms way. Taking hits like these, Redskins fans have to be nervous that his remarkable skill will, over time, be eroded by the punishment that comes with playing recklessly in the NFL.
Andrew Luck, on the other hand, has shown all the ability that made him the first overall pick and also all of the symptoms that come with being an NFL rookie. In short, Colts fans can only be pleased by the play of Luck thus far, as there have been no indications that he is not the player they drafted. There have been numerous glimpses of Luck's arm strength, his accuracy, his ability to move in the pocket and, when a play breaks down, pleasantly surprising displays of athleticism to gain yards with his feet. With 7 TDs and 7 INTs thus far, Luck has thrown many passes he wishes he had back, certainly part of the learning process for a first-year QB. Really, the only reason for Colts fans to feel anxious is the stellar play of RG3, the player they could have picked.
Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are inextricably linked for the rest of their careers, and in intriguing fashion, they represent the two opposing styles of quarterback play. RGIII is a new breed. His track speed is matched by his arm, leading the NFL in completion percentage. Luck represents the typical pocket passer. He hopes to be another Brady, another Manning. There is no doubt that RGIII has burst out of the gate ahead of Luck, but the debate has not changed-- who would you rather be the quarterback of the future for your team?