Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton rookie year performance forever altered the way we view first year fantasy prospects. It was long thought that you could never stake your fantasy team’s success on the arm of an incoming rookie. Cam’s top five finish last season went a long way in changing that school of thought.
All eyes were on the number two pick in the 2012 NFL Draft last night as Robert Griffin III made his professional debut. RGIII did not disappoint.From Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King:
The stats were good (4-of-6, 70 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, a 145.3 rating), but the other facets of his short night of work — the presence, the confidence running a new offense for the first time against a team trying to hit him, the touch on two arcing throws — were more impressive. Griffin didn’t play like a rookie. He played like a third-year player used to his offense and the play-calls.
Just as significantly, Griffin, the reigning Heisman winner from Baylor and second overall pick in April’s draft, looked as composed and sharp as he did against one of the league’s best defensive fronts. Maybe the best: Mario Williams making his Buffalo debut at left end, Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus at tackle, and Chris Kelsay and ex-Patriot Mark Anderson at right end.
Here’s a look at RGIII’s highlights from last night:
While Griffin doesn’t possess the physical abilities of Mr. Newton, he enters the league as a much better passer than the reigning Rookie of the Year. RGIII appears more than ready to take command of Mike Shanahan’s fantasy friendly offense. And the GM’s that snatch him up in the draft should reap plenty of benefits.