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2012 NFL Draft: Jim Harbaugh On Robert Griffin III

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and future NFL quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have a weird little triangle of coincidence that even goes as far to involve Peyton Manning.

Manning was drafted in 1998 to replace Jim Harbaugh at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Later, Harbaugh became the head coach of Stanford where he heavily recruited RG3 and was the head coach of Luck. It's kind of funny how the guy who was replaced by Manning coached the guy who will replace Manning (this year or eventually).

Even though Harbaugh didn't coach RG3, he still knows him pretty well from the days in which he was trying to convince him to come play football for Stanford. According to Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, he had some good things to say about the former Baylor quarterback.

"I know a lot about Robert,'' Harbaugh said. "Robert was a 4.0 student, great parents, came from a great home, and he's had great success at Baylor. Past performance usually indicates future success and he's had nothing but a history of success. So you would predict great achievements in the future.

"I was really fond of Robert through the recruiting process and he made that decision. He makes good decisions, he makes cool decisions. He's very conscientious in everything he does, and I respected his decision and wished him well.''

Harbaugh is sticking with Alex Smith at quarterback so that won't be a draft need, but it's obvious that two of the quarterbacks that he's known quite well in his career as a coach will be very high picks in the 2012 NFL draft, maybe even the first two.

For more on Baylor, head to Our Daily Bears, and for more on the draft, head to Mocking the Draft.

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