Draft talk brings out the silliness in all kinds of people, fans and professional pundits alike say the craziest things in the months leading up April. It's already starting for the 2012 NFL Draft, and we should start preparing for an onslaught of 2012 NFL mock drafts that switch Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Mel Kiper got a jump start on it today, with a quote sure to launch a thousands Tweets and mocks of ridiculousness.
What's Kiper saying about the RG3 vs Luck debate and how might that impact the Rams' draft fortunes?
According to Evan Silva on Twitter this morning, Kiper was quoted as saying:
He's the buzz of the draft right now. People are even talking about, 'is he better than Andrew Luck?'
Griffin is very, very good. In most years, he would be the top pick in the draft, but Andrew Luck will still hang onto the title in 2012. At the very least, Kiper's comment should make things interesting on the internets between now and the end of April.
For the St. Louis Rams, who will and should hang onto Sam Bradford, it's good news either way. In the final week of the season, the Rams and Colts will be playing to determine who gets the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. If the Rams end up with the first pick, for the second time in three years, they could trade it for a veritable shitload of draft picks.
The second pick may be worth a bundle too, especially with the hype building around Griffin. Russ Lande at the Sporting News said this in his most recent mock draft, where he projected the Rams to have the second overall pick:
The Rams will most likely trade this pick to a team that wants Griffin. If they keep the pick, they will grab Kalil to shore up their offensive line and give blindside protection to Sam Bradford.
So let the Griffin hype continue unabated. Smile and nod when someone tells you RG3 should be the top pick over Luck. Walk away knowing that it only adds to the Rams chances of trading down in the draft, acquiring more pick that hopefully a new regime won't screw up and putting them even further down the path toward competitiveness.