In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford with the first overall pick. With the second overall pick, the Washington Redskins traded up to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III out of Baylor. And with the third overall pick, the Cleveland Browns selected running back Trent Richardson out of Alabama.
On Sunday, all three players will be on an active roster in the same game for the first time. But while that is a noteworthy fact, the situations are all totally different. And on Sunday, only one of the players will likely have a big impact on the result of the game.
Andrew Luck has exceeded expectations. He has completed 58.8% of his passes for 11,837 yards, 75 touchdowns with 37 interceptions while also adding 825 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing in just 43 regular season games. He has led the Colts to two straight playoff appearances and the team is well on their way to their third straight appearance with Luck under center.
Robert Griffin III, on the other hand, has played in 33 career games. He has completed 63.5% of his passes for 7,272 yards, 38 touchdowns and 20 interceptions while rushing for 1,404 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, but since then RGIII has struggled with injuries and has seen his play regress to the point where this past week he was benched.
Trent Richardson played just 17 games with the team that drafted him (the Browns) before being traded to the Colts, where he has played in 24 games. In his career, he has appeared in 41 games and has rushed for 1,946 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 3.3 yards per carry, as well as gaining 886 yards and 2 touchdowns on 108 catches. He didn't start last week and there still isn't any indication as to whether he will start this eek for the Colts either.
On Sunday, all three of the top draft picks in 2012 will be at Lucas Oil Stadium when the Indianapolis Colts take on the Washington Redskins. But each of the three are in a different situation: one is an emerging star, another has just been benched, and the other is struggling. And if there's any doubt about the importance of getting the draft right with a high pick, just look at the game this Sunday.
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