Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III took home the 2011 Heisman Trophy last night. The next stop for RG3, the NFL. Griffin's draft stock got a big boost from the award, and he figures to be one of the top five players off the board in the first round. That could have some impact for the St. Louis Rams, who will most likely be picking second.
Griffin's getting lots of lots of talk as one of the top picks, possibly right after Andrew Luck, the Heisman Trophy bridesmaid last night. With comparisons to Peyton Manning and Steve Young, respectively, both quarterbacks look like once in a lifetime opportunities. Throw in the new, low-risk salary structure and the Rams' draft slot could be very attractive to teams needing a quarterback of that caliber.
The three other Heisman candidates could be attractive to the Rams. Alabama running back Trent Richardson is the second coming of Steven Jackson. Richardson would be more attractive to the Rams in the middle part of the first round. Wisconsin's Montee Ball could be an option in the second round. His Ray Rice-like abilities would necessitate the Rams finally getting their offensive line in order. LSU's Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu, is only a sophomore, so we'll have plenty of time to talk about his draft prospects.