December 24, 2011; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (40) runs towards Baltimore Ravens tackle Brandon McKinney (91) at M

Peyton directly affects Redskins' shot at RG3

You thought I was talking about Manning?

I’m talking about the Madden cover boy, Peyton Hillis and how his status with the Cleveland Browns could land RG3 in Burgundy and Gold. How you ask? Let me break it down for you.

The top six draft order is as follows:

1.Indianapolis Colts

2.St. Louis Rams

3.Minnesota Vikings

4.Cleveland Browns

5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6.Washington Redskins

With the #1 pick in the draft, I believe everyone knows that regardless of what Indy does with Peyton Manning, they will draft Andrew Luck. I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed him early. Andrew Luck appears to be the most “Peyton Manning-ist” type of quarterback since Peyton himself. Im convinced this is a no brainer for the Colts.

With the #2 pick in the draft, St.Louis can actually go a few different ways here. They could draft Blackmon and give Bradford a legit #1 threat to add to his arsenal. They could draft defense and add the stellar LSU CB Claiborne, giving them a potential career lock down corner. They could also draft someone to protect their Franchise quarterback; someone like USC’s Matt Kalil, who is projected as the best tackle in the draft. If I’m the Rams’ GM, I’m drafting Kalil to ensure that I dont have to draft another quarterback for a long time.

With the #3 pick in the draft the Minnesota Vikings have to draft Morris Claiborne. I know Adrian Peterson is coming off a knee injury and Trent Richardson is on the board, but with a solid cover corner, this gives the Vikings a higher level of comfort to increase the already effective pass rush.

Now for the all important #4 pick by the Cleveland Browns. Do you re-sign an already proven work horse in Peyton Hillis or do you draft the highly touted Alabama Running Back Trent Richardson? This is why I feel that this Peyton’s status with his team is more important to Redskins drafting Griffin III. If the Browns re-sign Peyton Hillis then there is no need to draft Richardson. Now you look at their other questionable spots: QB and WR. The Browns #1 QB is Colt McCoy and the #1 WR is Greg Little. If I’m the Browns’ GM, and I see Blackmon on the board with Greg Little as my starting Wideout, I’m drafting Blackmon. With that type of target added to the offense, I see McCoy having a solid turnaround to his career.

At #5 the Buccaneers are licking their chops due to Richardson falling into their lap. They draft Trent Richardson after only 5 seconds ticks off the clock forming a dynamic 1-2 punch at Running Back with LeGarrette Blount.

FINALLY…the words all of Redskins nation had been waiting to hear,”The Washington Redskins are on the clock” are spoken. Everyone in the Redskins front office starts high fiving and hugging as the cameras show Dan Snyder on the phone then quickly turns to the table that Robert Griffin III and his friends and family are sitting. Griffin III has a big smile on his face and his table begins cheering. The commish approaches the podeum and says,” There has been a trade!”

JUST KIDDING!

“With the 6th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select…Robert Griffin III from Baylor University” As RG3 stands up and puts on his Redskins Gameday hat viewers at home see the camera change off Griffin for a shot of FedEx field where fans are losing their minds because their beloved team has now drafted a Franchise caliber quarterback. Why does Griffin III fit so well in the Redskins offense?

- Deadly accurate deep passer. How many times has Grossman under threw wide open wideouts running down the field which resulted in incomplete passes, interceptions, etc.?

- Dual threat on play action plays. Washington runs alot of naked bootleg plays. With Griffin III rolling out of the pocket by himself, the defense has to really think about if they are going to pursue him or stay in coverage. These plays were pretty effective with Grossman so I can just imagine how much better they will be with Griffin III.

- Proven winner. Griffin III took a little known Baylor program on his back and made them relevant in one of the top power conferences in the NCAA. I have no doubt that he will do the same in his Pro career.

These are just a few of many other reasons why this is the perfect fit for both RG3 and Washington. With the teams that are ahead of Washington in the draft, this is the only way I see Griffin III falling to #6 (unless there is a trade). I am confident in my prediction and look forward to Redskins Nation thanking me for giving all the teams picking 1-5 the blueprint on how to improve their teams without the services of Robert Griffin III.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck Justin Blackmon Matt Kalil Morris Claiborne Peyton Hillis Robert Griffin III Trent Richardson

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