Everyone loves Robert Griffin III.
He has been a revelation in Washington this year, taking over as the starting quarterback after winning the Heisman at Baylor and making the NFL look easy. In 13 games, he has thrown for 2,902 yards and run for another 748, accounting for 24 total touchdowns (18 passing, 6 rushing) with four interceptions. He has led two game-winning drives this year, but has put the ball on the ground 11 times.
In any of the last 25 years, he would run away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award (pun intended).
But Griffin wasn't the top overall pick in this year's draft, and a case could certainly be made that Andrew Luck's performance this year for Indianapolis deserves consideration for the award as well.
In 14 games, Luck has thrown for 3,978 yards and rushed for another 233 yards, accounting for 25 total touchdowns (20 passing, 5 rushing). Luck leads the NFL in turnovers this season, including 18 interceptions. However, in spite of those turnovers, Luck has led the Colts into the postseason with six game-winning drives this season. More total yards, more touchdowns, and more come-from-behind wins on a team considered by most to have less overall talent than RGIII's Redskins push Luck into the conversation.
Is it possible that neither of these much-hyped prospects is the right choice for the award this year?
Russell Wilson wasn't a high pick. In case you haven't heard, he's too short to play quarterback in the NFL and would struggle to make the transition from Wisconsin to the professional ranks.
At least that's what analysts would have led you to believe in April.
This weekend, Wilson will lead the Seahawks into a game against San Francisco with significant postseason implications. Wilson has thrown for 2,697 yards and rushed for another 402, accounting for 24 total touchdowns (21 passing, 3 rushing). The 75th overall pick in the 2012 Draft has thrown nine interceptions, but has led three come-from-behind wins and has led the Seahawks in consecutive 50-point outbursts.
After a relatively rough stretch of games between weeks 4-8 (six touchdowns against seven interceptions), Wilson has thrown 11 touchdowns to only one interception in the Seahawks last six games; it's no coincidence that Seattle is 5-1 in those games. Oh, and those 11 touchdowns are only accounting for his passing scores; he ran for three more in Sunday's win against Buffalo.
What is remarkable is considering that three rookie quarterbacks will likely lead their teams into the playoffs this year. All three are showing poise beyond their years and could make a dramatic impact on this season's playoffs.