QB Robert Griffin III Draft Profile
Robert Griffin III
6’2″ – 220 lbs
Strengths – He is an incredible athlete who not only possesses speed that is unheard of for a quarterback (outside Eagles QB Michael Vick), but also shows the ability to be a top quarterback from a throwing and intelligence stand point. He has a strong arm and is accurate. He is a natural leader who has a swagger about him, and a sense of confidence that he can lead his team back from trouble. His natural athletic ability allows him to create plays out of nothing and it allows him to extend plays while he looks down field for an available receiver. On top of all that, he was this past season’s Heisman Trophy winner after leading Baylor into the national spotlight after years of being the bottom feeder in the Big 12. He does’t let things rattle him and he simply is a fantastic prospect for any team looking for a potential franchise quarterback.
Weaknesses – With all of his strengths, I would still classify him as raw. Some have claimed that he struggles with staying in the pocket with a bit of a “quick draw” in terms of abandoning the pass and using his legs. One thing to consider is that Griffin is also a quarterback who spent his college career playing in the Big 12, where playing defense appears to be optional, and where he ran more of a run and shoot offense as opposed to a pro-style that Andrew Luck ran at Stanford. While this may mean nothing given how Cam Newton came in as a rookie and performed after similar claims (coming from an offense with simple quarterback reads), it is something to watch. Scouts love how Griffin is a pass-first, run-second quarterback, but the fact that his frame is relatively slender worries some scouts about if he will be able to handle the beating of the NFL.
Thoughts – Griffin is a special player in my opinion. Now, obviously I’m not the first to say it, but it’s true. I honestly have been following this guy since he was a freshman, in the meantime, telling anyone who would listen that he was going to be special. With that said, I feel like his development based off of where he lands will be key. A lot of people are looking at Griffin being drafted by the Cleveland Browns. While the pick makes sense in theory, it scares me for Griffin’s career because he will not have time to ease into the situation at all, he will have to play immediately without playmakers around him, on a team that will have to trade away picks to get him and he will be playing in one of the most brutal defensive divisions in football. Griffin’s ability may make my point moot, but if he is expected to do everything for a franchise like he would in Cleveland, I see him dealing with injuries and turnovers as he tries to make things happen. Now if he ends up in a place like Washington with the Redskins, they have a bit of a run game, they have a solid defense and with that, the parts to really allow him to develop and turn into a star who will not only sell tickets, but will also, with time, push Washington into divisional contention and potentially further.
Comparison – Some are saying Michael Vick based on Griffin’s speed, but Griffin is more pass-first than Vick was (and Vick is more elusive). I would make the comparison to Randall Cunningham. Cunningham is a little out of my lifetime, but from what I could find about him, his ability as a running quarterback was frightening during his time. He was a capable and successful passer, but when plays broke down, he produced highlights and that’s where Cunningham was rare. Griffin is similar in build, athletic ability, and throwing ability, but the ability to create when things go wrong is where I think the comparison sticks.
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