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RG3's official 40 time is 4.41, Luck in 4.67

Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:39 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 1:23 pm
Griffin keeps wowing everyone in Indy. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you thought it was impossible for NFL people to fall more in love with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, you thought wrong. RG3 proved exactly why on Sunday, shredding the 40-yard dash and looking as fast as expected en route to running an official 4.41 40-yard dash.

Andrew Luck, not exactly known as a speedster, was perhaps more impressive with his unofficial 4.59 40 time, later changed to a 4.67 official time.

Griffin's time (both officially and unofficially) was the second-fastest by a quarterback since 2006, with only Reggie McNeal's time of 4.35 in 2006 beating him out. Russell Wilson of Wisconsin ran a 4.50 40 for the second-fastest time of the day, and Jordan Jefferson of LSU ran a 4.59.

The bump up from unofficial to official doesn't matter too much; Griffin got below 4.4 seconds on an unofficial time and that's all people around the league really need to see.

Griffin ran track at Baylor (and in high school) and his performance at the combine -- on the field, in front of the mic, wherever -- has only continued to cement his status as a lock for top-five status in the NFL draft.

It would be stunning, honestly, if RG3 fell further than the second pick. There's a strong belief that the Rams will hold an auction for the No. 2 pick and that someone will pay a hefty price to move up and grab Griffin.

Which is why folks in St. Louis should be enjoying this almost as much as teams who are chasing Griffin are.

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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:34 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

I didn't even read all the comments on this thread, but from the looks of the most recent thoughts, a lot of ugliness is being tossed around. For all of the "RGIII is the next Vick", and "Griffin will be bust" people, it's not that you might not be right, but the comparisons you make. I'd be willing to bet that you last year you were saying the same things about the reigning ROY, Cam Newton. Last year it was "Cam Newton will be the next JaMarcus Russell. How'd that turn out for ya? The draft is a crapshoot, and for every Akilli Smith, JaMarcus Russell, Andre Ware, there is a Tim Couch, Heath Shuler, David Carr, Ryan Leaf, Mark Sanchez (LOL) etc. etc.! 

The bottomline is is that we really don't know who will pan out, and who will flop. We just have to sit back, and wait to see. My problem is the people that make ridiculous statements based on their own issues. I bet a lot of you had to eat your words in regards to Cam, and you will probably have to do the same once Griffin hits the field and starts to play. The kid has done things the right way up to this point in his career, and I wish him nothing but the best. You can't help but root for him unless you have some hidden agenda. Your comments say more about you, than RGIII.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:31 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

Slow news day, huh?

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:30 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

The NFL does not run a spread offence.  
Oh and what the heck do you think the Patriots run?'s called the spread. Just because there isn't a black quarterback back there it doesn't mean it's not a spread offense. Last I checked the NFL doesn't run the option either yet Tim Tebow was in the playoffs. You formulate your system around your talent. Steve McNair was similar to Griffin more than a Young as he was athletic but always chose to pass before anything else. Griffin is no different except for designed running plays. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:24 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

Griffen is Stewart all over again. Can he read defence? No
LOL he can't? And how do you figure this? I love the misconception that if someone is black and in a spread offense they can't read a defense. We'll ignore the young man at a 3.76 gpa, completed over 72% of his passes and had 37 touchdowns versus 6 interceptions. That was obviously all blind luck...

Can he manage a pro style offence? No.
You know this how? Would love to know how you came to this analyst.

  Can he play like Mike Vick? Yes.
Umm last I checked Vick didn't even complete 60% of his passes in college. RG3's numbers blow Vick's out of the water. It's not even freaking close. In other words, Griffin was a passer with great athletic ability. Vick was a great athlete that could possibly make some passes. They aren't even close to comparable. He threw for darn near 4k in yards this past season and over 3500 previously. Vick couldn't eclipse 2k. Get your facts straight.

He reminds me of Vince Young, he may have his act together or he may just be hype. He is going to get paid, that part I am happy about. We he deliver? Sure but it will take longer than people thing. The NFL does not run a spread offence.
If he reminds you of Vince Young then it shows how little you know. While I like Young since I know him personally I can easily admit he lived more off his athletic ability than his arm. He's not a bad passer persay but Griffin is strong in that area. Last I checked it was Griffin who threw that touchdown in the corner this year in the final seconds. HE didn't run it, he threw it hitting the receiver exactly where only he could make the catch. And saying he MAY have his act together spells how ignorant you are. As I said, he's a scholar that was actually recruited by Stanford. Last I checked you have to have your head on pretty straight to get in there.  

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:23 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

So mentioning someones color makes you racist? YOU ARE ALL PC MORONS, GO DIE
No. But stereotyping someone as incompetent, when you do bring up his color but don't support your judgment with fact, is. FYI, I'm not PC. I'm not a moron. And we're all going to die sooner or later.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:23 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

You may (or may not) be a racist it really doesnt matter.  But to answer your question (without the use of google), there has been 1 black QB to win a super bowl and that was Doug Williams with the Redskins, and I believe he was MVP as well.  None have won league MVP.  But let's look at the history of the NFL and Black QBs...  None have really ever been given a shot except for recent years, I mean you take a guy like Warren Moon who had to play 6 years in the CFL before being given a chance to play QB in the NFL and is in the top 5 in all time passing yards.  He would probably be in the top 3 had he been given a chance to play QB right out of college.  Take another look at Charlie Ward who ran a pro style offense in college at Florida State, won the Hiesman but didnt get drafted because he was going to play basketball knowing he would not be given the chance to play QB in the NFL because he was small.  I mean who was smaller than Doug Flutie, who with one pass made a good living in the NFL.  Look at how many very good black QBs in college that have been told they would need to change their position to play in the NFL (Hines Ward) most recently.  Lastly look at how many White QBs have been a bust over the years (they have always been given a chance) to the low amount of black QBs given the chance and becoming a "bust" as you say and where does that leave us?  Let's revisit your question 20 years from now and I'm sure the numbers will be different.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:22 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

1 for 48 just saying. whites 47 blacks 1 just saying it is fair because moon was the greatest black qb ever and never even made a sb

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:20 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

So mentioning someones color makes you racist? YOU ARE ALL PC MORONS, GO DIE

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:11 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

It is absolutely racist and retarded to draw comparisons of RG3 to only black the idiot that compares him to Stewart and Vince can't think of white QB he compares to?  You see black and then only compare him to black.  Try watching him play and compare him to another PLAYER based on his skill set.  How about Steve Young??  You clearly haven't watched this kid play.  He has a great arm similar to many white and black QBs.  He has really good accuracy, something shared by many white and black QBs.  He's off the charts smart and charasmatic...finished high and college early, yet you don;t think he's capable of running a pro sety offense?  Your not basing any of your comments on his skill're basing your comments on a color of skin and it's flat out ignorant.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:10 pm

RG3 runs unofficial 4.38 40, Luck goes 4.59

Griffen is Stewart all over again. Can he read defence? No. Can he manage a pro style offence? No. Can he play like Mike Vick? Yes.
How do you know this? Are you basing these statements on facts, or on some stereotype of your own making? He is freakishly athletic to be sure. But what makes you so sure that a superb athlete can't also be intelligent and a good learner? Your blanket judgments of Griffin (and that's how the name is spelled) ignore that he was one of the most accurate passers in all of college football, that for much of the year his touchdowns thrown rivaled his number of incompletions. It also ignores the fact that he earned a bachelors' degree in political science with a 3.67 GPA, in just four years, while balancing studies with the demands of college football and track and field. RG3 is smart. My biggest concern is whether his frame will hold up to the abuse he'll receive in the NFL. But with the rules having evolved to protect quarterbacks, he has a much better chance than he would have a decade ago. Nobody can guarrantee success in the NFL. But for you to guarrantee failure is frankly illogical. 

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