- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN's #NFLRank project made it clear how it views the young quarterbacks -- and Robert Griffin III falls behind Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick when it comes to the top 100 offensive players.
But only by a couple spots. And part of the problem in evaluating Griffin for this season lies in his surgically repaired right knee. Griffin was ranked 46th, while Luck (41) and Kaepernick (42) were ahead of him. But Seattle's Russell Wilson was one spot behind Griffin. All but Kaepernick were rookies last season.
The Redskins' second-year quarterback posted more impressive statistics than the others. Griffin threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions and ran for 815 yards in starting 16 games. He posted a passer rating of 102.4. Griffin still needs to grow as a passer -- he did not have to read routes in college the way he must in the NFL. But that won't necessarily improve his accuracy; it will help him make more plays downfield or be able to work through his progressions faster. Compared to the other two rookies last season, Griffin entered as the most raw passer. Yet he limited his mistakes by being smart and had a knack for keeping passes out of harm's way.
Luck, meanwhile, threw for 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Kaepernick, entering his third season, threw for 10 touchdowns to three interceptions and led the Niners to the Super Bowl. Wilson threw 26 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions and helped the Seahawks beat the Redskins in the wild card round.
The interesting thing will be to see how this group ranks next season.