Originally Posted by New York Mick
I honestly think he's the riskiest (sp?) pick in the top ten. He could be the next Vick or Brad Smith. Agreed he's coming in as a better prospect them Smith by a mile, I was just comparing his college abilities and they both played in the big 12.
If I was the GM and had the choice of Griffin and Richardson, I'd take Richardson hands down. He's a much safer pick.
Well he isn't going to be a Brad Smith. He will play QB, and apparently has all the tools to succeed at that position.
I don't think he is as risky as you do, but I see where you're coming from. Richardson WILL be a stud, and he's about as safe as it gets. However, he isn't going to solve Cleveland's problems (or any other QB needy team) which what Griffin could do if he's good. Those teams will trust their talent evaluators.
There were a lot of people on this forum last year talking about how Cam Newton was a big risk... and look at him now. Sometimes swinging for the fences actually does pay off.
Griffin, to me, is a guy who would be a #1 overall pick if he wasn't going into the same draft as this generation's Peyton Manning, Aikman or John Elway.