Is Robert Griffin III the NFL's most desirable quarterback?
After just seven games, is the Washington Redskins quarterback your choice over fellow rookie Andrew Luck or veterans Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Tom Brady?
The answer is an emphatic yes.
Washington was lucky Indianapolis chose Luck over Griffin with the first pick in April. It may go down as the NFL's version of Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft after Hakeem Olajuwon went first. Luck is tied for 31st in passer rating (72.3) with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions, though he's playing much better than his stats indicate.
For one game, maybe the choice is Rodgers or Brady, though both have lost postseason games they were expected to win. That might make Eli Manning the choice given two titles and a pair of Super Bowl MVPs.
For one season, perhaps it's Brees, who already has 18 touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints passer consistently hangs 35 points on anyone. Denver is certainly gambling on Peyton Manning, who's the second-rated passer behind Rodgers.
But think about the next five years. Which passer would you want?
Griffin is more elusive than Michael Vick ever was. That fourth-down conversion against the Giants on Sunday would have been a 12-yard loss last season with Rex Grossman, along with a lost fumble. Griffin eluded two defenders and found tight end Logan Paulsen. Griffin's 76-yard touchdown run vs. the Vikings would have been a 20-yard jaunt for many passers.
Griffin's arm is as strong as anyone in the league. There isn't a throw he can't make, though the downfield timing needs improving. Griffin's 70.4 percent completion rate is simply unbelievable, especially given he's not a dumpoff passer.
Overall, Griffin has a 101.8 passer rating with 1,601 yards passing, 468 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns combined. Most NFL teams have never seen a quarterback start so well. Few teams wouldn't swap their starter for Griffin.
"What he's done is unbelievable," tight end Chris Cooley said. "He's one of the best players I've ever seen play. It's awesome because it's so different. He does things no one has ever seen. It gives a lot of players a chance to excel because he takes so much of the attention."
Another extraordinary part is Griffin hasn't been beaten by the blitz this season. Part of it is his quick release coupled with his elusiveness.
"You try to make sure whenever people are blitzing you," he said, "or anything like that you get the ball out of your hands on time or where you're supposed to get it."
Griffin already has one comeback win and nearly had a second before a late defensive collapse against New York. Opponents have been amazed over Griffin's composure.
"Bigger than the physical talent," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said, "it's obvious that the stage isn't too big for him, and he's really representing himself well and appears to be extremely comfortable while executing."
It's all part of being a star.