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Some have argued that the reason Griffin III had better downfield numbers is because he was able to throw to Kendall Wright, a speed merchant whom Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have listed as a late first-rounder in their most recent mock drafts.
The issue in taking this tack is that Griffin III actually had better vertical numbers when throwing to someone other than Wright last year.
RG3's vertical numbers on passes to Wright: 45 targets, 693 yards, 15.4 vertical YPA (VYPA)
RG3's vertical numbers on passes to other players: 70 targets, 1,146 yards, 16.4 VYPA
Luck was the exact opposite in that his vertical totals dropped off dramatically when not throwing to his best vertical target (tight end Coby Fleener):
Luck's vertical numbers on passes to Fleener: 29 targets, 533 yards, 18.4 VYPA
Luck's vertical numbers on passes to other players: 99 vertical targets, 1,167 yards, 11.8 VYPA
Last year RG3 faced three teams that ranked in the top 30 in the FBS in passer rating allowed in 2011, and two of those teams (the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys) had exceptionally strong starting cornerback batteries.
By contrast, Luck faced only one team (the Utah Utes) that ranked in the top 30 in passer rating allowed last year.