Robert Griffin III takes on Jason Pierre-Paul in the final second round NFC matchup of our 'Be The GM' series. Griffin defeated Dez Bryant in the first round with 85 percent of the vote, while Pierre-Paul narrowly got past LeSean McCoy with 57 percent.
Griffin exceeded the most bullish expectations during his rookie season, completing 258 of 393 pass attempts for a passer rating of 102.4 with 20 touchdowns coming against just five interceptions. Griffin also carried the ball 120 times for 815 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming the type of dual-threat quarterback that makes it seem like you're watching a video game.
Griffin had a 9-6 record as a starter as he led the Redskins back into the playoffs.
The only issue with Griffin, who won't turn 24 until February, is his long-term health. Griffin tore his ACL and LCL last season and we will need to see if he regains his prior form physically and whether he can make adjustments to his style of play to avoid injuries without compromising the aspects of his game that make him great.
Pierre-Paul is entering his fourth NFL season, but he won't run 25 until the end of February. Pierre-Paul immediately showed promise at getting to the quarterback in his rookie season and then completely broke out in 2011 with 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Pierre-Paul's production trailed off considerably last season as he battled persistent back issues that eventually led to surgery in June.
Assuming he returns healthy, Pierre-Paul can return to overwhelming offensive linemen with his combination of size, strength and quickness.