Originally written on Redskins Hog Heaven  |  Last updated 11/18/14

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Raymond James Stadium on August 23, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


Eighty percent of Washington Redskins fans want the 2012 NFL Draft to start tomorrow because we can't wait another day to draft Robert Griffin III. Jon Gruden rides to the rescue with his one-on-one interview with RG3 on his QB Camp show on ESPN Monday night.

If you missed it, you can catch it on YouTube and on ESPN replays. (hat tip to Redskins.com for pointing me there.)

Gruden's QB Camps have been must-see TV since last year when pro football audiences got their first good look at Cam Newton unfiltered by silly Mel Kiper opinions. This show teases us with Griffin's abundant star quality and provides a taste of the coaching RG3 should expect at training camp.

Griffin was in the DC area for a card and memorabilia show over the weekend. It is a virtual certainty that the Redskins will select him with their first-round pick. As if to make the point, the Redskins will open FedEx Field for a Draft Selection Day party Thursday evening, April 26. I won't be surprised if 50,000 fans show up after work to be an eye witness to history.

The Redskins will then host its annual Draft Party at FedEx Saturday afternoon. They won't have anything to do except to see what St. Louis does with the two 2012 picks it gained from Washington in exchange for its second overall pick. You can bet that Washington will have their first round selectee on hand Saturday. The Redskins are careful not to say whom that will be because of the remote chance the Colts will fool everyone and take Griffin instead of Andrew Luck.

RG3. Andrew Luck. There hasn't been this much excitement about two rookie quarterbacks since Peyton Manning and Ryan leaf entered the league together. The San Diego Chargers guessed wrong about Leaf. The blunder ended Bobby Beathard's career as a football executive. It is a cautionary tale for Redskins fans increasingly obsessed by Griffin.

This may not work out. Griffin (and Luck) is all potential at this point. We are analytics here at Hog Heaven. We are just acknowledging fact, not making a prediction. Don't call us haters, which is not an actual word.

Griffin and the Redskins have work to do after his arrival in order to win titles. But, Griffin shows none of the red flags, so obviously shown in hindsight, by players like Leaf and JaMarcus Russell. Leaf's character flaws continue to plague him. Russell made Al Davis more of the laughing stock than he had already become. Drafting Heath Shuler did nothing for Charley Casserly's reputation. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have a lot on the line with RG3.

If Griffin should bust, again, not a prediction, I'm still all in on the trade up. It was the correct strategy for Washington. Like Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin III is a once in a lifetime player. Shanahan's move was a calculated risk he had to take.

Point after

This story is a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short. I took a long weekend away. In the Internet Age, you tell people when you are back, not when you are leaving. Sadly, I had to return the Benz and rescind the purchase of that new yacht. It turns out that I am not a jackpot mega-millionaire afterall.  
       
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Robert Kraft: Richard Sherman is a 'marketing whiz'

Rob Gronkowski's party bus headed to Super Bowl

Matt Barnes not happy with NBA for $25,000 fine

Brandon Browner: 'No hard feelings' with Sherman, Thomas

Gronk reads erotica, sings Katy Perry at SB Media Day

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Governor donates $10K to UNM hoops star’s cancer charity

U.S. Soccer: Hope Solo needs to do 'number of things' to return

K.J. Wright: Targeting injured players 'unacceptable'

Five reasons the Patriots will win the Super Bowl

Five reasons the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl

Bill Simmons fires a shot at ESPN colleague Ray Lewis

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

Kurt Warner wonders about Patriots cheating in Super Bowl

4-star QB recruit decommits from Michigan

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Pacquiao, Mayweather meet at halftime of Heat game

One of Tom Brady's ‘treats’ is avocado ice cream

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Re-ranking the Top 25: exposing the biggest flaws

Tiger on wearing mask: ‘Not a lot of brown dudes at ski races’

Putting the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pieces together

Brodeur to retire immediately and join Blues front office

Michael Bennett talks about sex superstition, calls reporter gay

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Re-ranking the Top 25: exposing the biggest flaws

Putting the Cavs’ pieces together

Super Bowl XLIX: Key people to know

Ranking all 48 Super Bowls

Bill Simmons fires a shot at Ray Lewis

NFL pushing CFP to change schedule

Can Yanks not pay A-Rod his bonuses?

Petition started to remove Pats from SB

On John Wall's adidas J Wall 1 NYC All-Star Edition

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.