Could The Eagles Actually Go After Robert Griffin III?

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Robert Griffin III ran the 40 yard dash faster than any quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine with a time of 4.41 seconds, a Vick-like speed. His vertical and broad jump numbers were also impressive. He threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 37 touchdowns for Baylor last year, while only throwing six interceptions. He graduated early from college, and early from high school. He’s likely to be drafted second overall in the NFL Draft, behind only Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

The St. Louis Rams have that second pick, but they’ve already got a quarterback in Sam Bradford. CBS Sports reports that the Rams will definitely trade the pick, and the most likely suitors are Washington, Miami and Seattle.

The Eagles, who have the 15th overall pick, have needs at linebacker and safety, as well a franchise quarterback in Michael Vick, don’t seem like a natural fit. The talk about the Eagles and the draft were centered around defense until Griffin announced to the media that he met with the Eagles last Thursday night.

Since then, talk of whether the Eagles would be able to put together a package to get Griffin, or whether they’d even be interested to do such a thing, has been a topic of discussion among Eagles fans and media.

“You know Andy is salivating to see him. Because he’s like a young Michael Vick who is taller, he’s got more of a grasp of an offense, he’s further along when it comes to the mental part of the game than Michael Vick,” former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb told 94 WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning team on Tuesday. “He’s just about as fast, but probably a better thrower with more accuracy. The kid is really scary with how good he could be.”

Does that mean the Eagles will make a move for Griffin? “They could, but they really doubt that they would, because the timing is just not good,” Cobb said. “If they would move up now, and of course they would be talking about letting go of some players and draft picks that might be able to help this team in 2012 and make them better. So if they did that, it would be a great risk. I just think Andy [Reid], with his job situation, is focused on 2012.”

Former Eagle and current midday host for 94 WIP Ike Reese also doubts that the Eagles are truly interested, calling meeting with Griffin “due diligence.”

94 WIP’s Howard Eskin reports that the Eagles obtaining Griffin should be thought of as “beyond a miracle,” and sees the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns as the most likely suitors.

Though it’s an interesting talking point, most analysts don’t see Griffin as a great fit for the Eagles in 2012. What do you think, should the Eagles make a move for Griffin? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. yousefthe giant says:

    The iggles blow. RG in Philly? Yeah, when monkeys fly out of my azz hole.

  2. Paul says:

    If you have a chance to get a franchise quarterback. I say go for it !!!

  3. Kurt says:

    Hell no!

  4. Mike says:

    I am happy with our offense. We need Linebackers and a couple safeties.

  5. Al says:

    No. We would have to give up many draft picks and potentially a proven player or two on the current roster to move up that high especially because Cleveland, Washington and Miami available picks are more valuable this year AND, if they trade future picks, then next year as well,

  6. Dave says:

    I would LOVE to see RG3 in Eagle green. He will surpass Vick in every aspect, not only as a player but as a human being.

    As for the arguements about Super Bowl winning QB’s being classic drop back passers. That is a very tainted statistic. There have been so few QB’s that fit into this mold compared to what is called the classic drop back passer; of course the number of classic drop back passers to win the Super Bowl are skewed. Plus they stretch the definition of classic drop back passers to fit the arguement. RG3 can be as good of a classic drop back QB as about any other but with the added plus that he can out run or run over anyone that gets in his way.

    An Eagles team with RG3 running the offense is an Eagle team that I could LOVE. An Eagles team with Vick wunning the show is merely one that I can tolerate because I bleed Eagle green.

  7. Frank the Tank says:

    OMG are you kidding me! Did you watch the games last year or just read about them? The QB position was the least of our problems. If you really want to improve the QB position then send Vic to Spring Training with the Phils and let them teach him to slide! Want more protection? Fine the entire O line every time he gets hit, hurried, knocked down or knocked out. Fines increase with each occurrence. Next get together on what your D scheme is. Then draft, trade or sign players that match the scheme. If you had real leadership from management you could easily fix this team without giving up the future.

  8. Bill says:

    Haven’t we seen that Super Bowl winning QB’s are the classic, drop back, poclet passers. Great, he runs faster than Big Ben and Brady. But they have the rings.

  9. Kevin Rochford says:

    my comment isn’t coming up

  10. Jim says:

    I’d go ILB and DT with my first two picks. …the order depending on who’s available.

    Management swung and missed on SS in the draft last year but they’ll hold on and not admit their drafting misjudgement yet.

    RG3 is very intriguing. Picks 1, 2 and 3 along with asante….I’m thinking about it. Super star QB’s win Super Bowls.

  11. THE TRUTH! says:

    RG 3! FAST LIKE A SPORTS CAR! THE EAGLES NEED TO DRAFT HIM TO BE MIKE VICK SUCCESSOR! LINEBACKERS? FREE AGENCY AND SIGN A PLAYMAKER! DRAFT PICKS? SOME TEAMS DON’T NEED THE DRAFT TO REBUILD! SO TRADE AWAY YOUR #1 PICK, 2ND, AND 3RD PICK AND ADD IN ASANTE SAMUEL. TRADE DONE! RG 3! LET VICK PLAY 3 YEARS AND SOON RETIRE! RG3 COMES IN AND EAGLES WILL CONTINUE TO BE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM!

  12. MIKE says:

    the way i see it we need a quarter back that can lead.but it’s the defense that wins games.get the linebacker..

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