Originally posted by vrabbit:
I disagree on arm strength, agree on mechanics. You need to watch more RG3 tape, he has some legit arm strength and then some, I've seen him throw some of those deep TD passes from the pocket and fling sideline passes from the near hash to the very end of the other side of the field. At times this season his arm strength has been affected IMO by him playing hurt (and this isn't being told but I'm absolutely sure he has played hurt) and that's another issue with him where I think durability is a bigger concern than it might be with Luck, but I invite you to look at more tape on the guy and see if you don't change your mind about his arm strength
I absolutely agree on the mechanics, and a lot of that has to do with Luck having spent all these years in a pro-style offense compared to Griffin playing in that spread offense, but then again I'm fully confident that he'd be able to make those adjustments during training camp and throughout his rookie season.
And I think somebody questioned his accuracy as well, go look at that pass to beat OU and tell me where it lands. It's been like that all year long.
Oh I'm not knocking RG3's accuracy, I think he is the most accurate QB I've seen in the past several years. Just saying his accuracy when he is on the move is even more insane.
As far as arm strength, over the years I've tried to judge it not on the deep throws, but how the ball is thrown. ie a lot of QBs in college make deep throws, but how quickly does the ball get there? How much arc is there? I think the better measure of arm strength is the 15-20 yards passes and how much velocity a QB can put on those. I know that sounds kind of odd, but its just what I've noticed over the years, a lot of college QBs making great highlight deep throws and people say they have arm strength, but then you see them in their workouts, pre-season games ect. and the arm strength is totally not there.
That QB on Indy from Purdue (Painter) is a good example, in his Junior year I made the mistake of thinking he had a lot of arm strength because he was making a ton of deep throws with a crazy quick release, but then he got in the NFL and it was like where the hell did that strength go? (could have been due to injuries his sr year as well).
Luck can put a ton of velocity on his 10-20 yard passes, and IMO more then RG3 can. Now maybe RG3 gets better mechanics and his arm strength improves.
All said, RG3 will likely be in a better position to succeed (less-worse team will pick him and less pressure). Trust me, I'm a fan of RG3. Hell if he landed on the 49ers I would be going crazy. Although I'm still pissed we didn't get Dalton last year in a trade up.