04/29/2012 - While the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Griffin said he will have to work on the "verbiage" of Washington's West Coast offense, he added, that by the end of training camp, "it will be like reading the back of my hand. ... I'm a person that truly tries to lead by example. Sometimes I get tired talking about things because you want to just go do it. My dream has come true and it's up to me to figure out what I'm going to do." The ever-confident Griffin isn't concerned about adjusting from running Baylor's spread attack to a less option-based NFL offense. After working with former NFL assistant Terry Shea on his footwork, Griffin has already met with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for six hours to get a head start on learning the scheme that he'll begin trying to implement during the May 4-6 rookie minicamp at Redskins Park before he reports for full-time duty on May 14. "If you can play football in high school, you can be an elite college player," said Griffin, a self-described fast learner who finished Copperas Cove (Texas) High School and Baylor (political science degree) in three and a half years apiece and is working on his master's in communications. "If you're an elite college player, you can be an elite pro. I know I am a rookie, but I'm not go out and use that as an excuse. I'm gonna try to succeed. I'll savor the moment tonight. Tomorrow, I'll fly to D.C. and then we're ready to roll." - The Sports Xchange
A three-year starter, Robert Griffin III (?RG3?) was a highly-touted football and track recruit out of high school, choosing Baylor over Houston and Stanford. He earned the starting quarterback job in 2008 as an 18-year old true freshman, going 160-for-267 (59.9%) for 2,091 yards, 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also rushed for 843 yards on 173 carries (4.9) and 13 scores, earning Big 12 freshman and newcomer of the year honors. Griffin started the first three games of 2009, but a serious knee injury ended his season early, taking a medical redshirt. He returned healthy in 2010 as a sophomore and started all 13 games, finishing 304-for-454 (67.0%) for 3,501 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He added 635 rush yards on 149 attempts (4.3) and 8 scores, earning Second Team All-Big 12 and comeback player of the year honors.
Griffin was extremely productive in 2011 and set several career-highs as a junior (13 starts), going 291-for-402 (72.4%) for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and 699 yds on 179 carries (3.9) and 10 scores. He earned several postseason awards after the 2011 season, including the Heisman Trophy and Davey O?Brien award winner and was a First Team All-American and All-Big 12 honors. Griffin decided to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Griffin is an impressive all-around athlete and isn?t afraid to run and use his world-class speed if the situation calls for it, but he?s a pass-first quarterback with above average arm strength ? his on-field swagger and winning attitude is contagious. He has shown outstanding progression as a passer since his freshman year, but he needs to improve his pocket presence, looking to make too many of his throws outside the pocket ? still far from a finished product and needs to continue his development.
Griffin has the skill-set and intelligence to thrive in any offense, but all of his experience comes from a spread, quick-strike formation. He has only adequate height and overall frame so durability is a concern because of his propensity to take a lot of hits, but he?s extremely tough. Griffin is very confident and a first-class individual that will endear himself to pro teams. He is still unpolished in several aspects of his game, but there is something special about him, flashing some of the same clutch, field-general qualities Cam Newton did last season ? a natural throwing the ball with better than expected passing traits and a knack for making plays. Griffin is the clear-cut second QB in this draft class and will hear his name in the top-10 picks of the draft, possibly as early as the #2 overall selection.
Accuracy: A natural passer with very good accuracy and ball placement, especially on the run. Very impressive career completion percentage (67.1%) in college. Has very good downfield touch with beautiful deep ball accuracy. Impressive feel on bucket and long throws. His accuracy dips on throws inside the pocket and looks most comfortable when he can get outside the hashmarks.
Arm Strength: An effortless passer with above average arm strength. Can make all the throws and drives the ball downfield, not shy about unleashing his cannon of an arm.
Setup/Release: Has a quick release and does a nice job with play fakes. Gutsy and fearless, standing tall in the pocket even when he knows the hit is coming. Has inconsistent lower body mechanics with messy footwork, throwing of his back foot far too often. Has a three-quarters delivery and unconventional throwing motion with low delivery and release point. Operated out of a shotgun spread offense with various zone and option schemes at Baylor, but hardly a complicated playbook ... doesn't have experience taking snaps from under center.
Reading Defenses: Sees the entire field and works through his progressions, manipulating the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield. Holds the ball too long and needs to improve his pocket awareness, abandoning his reads too easily. Streaky internal clock and looks to get outside of the pocket too soon. Has questionable vision as a passer, staring down defenders and making puzzling decisions at times. Still makes too many mental mistakes and needs to polish the mental aspect of his game. Forces throws and doesn't look off defenders - throws across his body too much and doesn't anticipate defenders as well as he needs to yet. Needs to develop better pre-snap awareness to see the blitz and recognize what the defense is doing.
On the Move: An elite athlete with quick feet and superior speed - smooth, flexible and leggy. Has magic escapability and adds an extra dimension with his legs. Makes something out of nothing, keeping defenders off balance and forcing poor angles because of his jets. Very good patience, vision and instincts as a runner with football toughness - more than simply a track athlete. Has a lean frame and only adequate height. Not frail, but doesn't have the body type to withstand a consistent beating. Has more straight-line speed than shifty burst and has added 20+ pounds since his peak as a track star. Has some ball security questions as a runner with several fumbles on his resume. Holds the ball too long and takes unnecessary hits, getting beat up physically - strong durability concerns and suffered a serious knee injury in 2009.
Intangibles: Exudes the natural leadership and confidence on the field that teammates respond to and follow. Very tough-minded and not afraid to take chances. Never allows himself to get too high or too low and the situation never seems too much. A determined passer ... thrower first and runner second. Very smart in the classroom and his intelligence translates well to the field ... graduated from Baylor in Dec. 2010 with a degree in political science and is currently working on his master's degree. He possesses "wow" playmaking ability with a clutch gene. Plays poised and in control late in games and is comfortable in the "big" moment. Griffin is a team-first guy and is highly competitive. Winner and leads by example. Has off-the-chart intangibles and coaches rave about his work ethic, practice habits and overall character. Has very good starting experience as a three-year starter (40 career starts) and was the youngest starting quarterback in college football in 2008. Highly productive at the college level and set or tied 54 school records at Baylor and several other NCAA marks ... one of only three players in college football history to throw for 10,000+ passing yds and rush for 2,000+ yds in his career (Dan LeFevour, Colin Kaepernick). In 2011, Griffin led the Bears to their first bowl win since 1992 and was the first Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor since 1963. He set several records in track - in both high school and college.
-- Dane Brugler