RGIII's benching highlights failures of 2012 draft class


Robert Griffin III's most recent benching will prevent NFL fans from witnessing the first head-to-head matchup of quarterbacks taken with the first two picks in the same draft since Peyton Manning's Colts defeated Ryan Leaf's Chargers in 1998.

Griffin's spectacular fall from grace highlights the futility of the top of the 2012 NFL Draft.

As you can see from the table below, No. 1 pick -- and Colts franchise cornerstone -- Andrew Luck is the only one of the top seven selections living up to expectations.

Pick Player, team 2014 status
1 QB Andrew Luck, Colts Top-10 MVP candidate
2 QB Robert Griffin III, Redskins Benched for second time, clear regression as a QB
3 RB Trent Richardson, Colts Least effective running back the past two years
4 OT Matt Kalil, Vikings Has allowed more sacks than any player this year
5 WR Justin Blackmon, Jaguars Suspended indefinitely
6 CB Morris Claiborne, Cowboys Benched, then tore patellar tendon
7 S Mark Barron, Rams Traded by Bucs for fourth- and sixth-round picks

Beyond Luck, No. 9 pick Luke Kuechly, No. 11 pick Dontari Poe and No. 21 pick Chandler Jones have proven to be the best of the first-round selections.

The 2013 group isn't faring much better than its 2012 counterparts. Of the top dozen 2013 draft picks, Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah (No. 5) is the lone player flashing star potential.

On the bright side, this year's first-round draft class -- particularly at wide receiver -- looks especially promising.

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