Prospect: Robert Griffin
Prospect: Robert Griffin
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 220
Position #1: QB
Position Rank: 2
Overall Rank: 3
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Report Prepared: February 17, 2012
Robert Griffin III's rare combination of 4.3 speed, a strong arm and unparalleled intangibles make him a unique playmaker at the QB position and a top prospect in the 2012 draft.
Playing mostly from the shotgun in college, Griffin will need time and experience under center in the NFL. In the few snaps he's had, he's shown sloppy footwork and a shallow drop back, which will lead to sacks, batted balls and interceptions at the next level. Though his completion percentage was impressive last year (72.4%), he was aided greatly by his receivers, namely Kendall Wright, making tough catches on inaccurately thrown balls on a regular basis.
Despite these concerns, RG3 has a lot of exciting traits that will make NFL GMs giddy come April. Firstly, his speed and elusiveness will immediately make him one of the top dual-threat signal callers in the league. He delivers a very nice ball with good velocity and great spin. His deep ball is superb whether he throws it from inside the pocket or out as he resets his feet very quickly in preparation for a throw. On top of all this, he's a humble individual and a hard-worker who spurs his teammates to be better and always rises to the occasion.
RG3 is one of the most exciting prospects to come out of college in some time. He has single-handedly raised the profile of Baylor over the past two years, culminating with his Heisman win this year. Though the comparisons to past Heisman winners who underwhelmed in the NFL is cause for concern (see Andre Ware and Troy Smith), Griffin is a virtual lock for the top 5 in this year's draft, possibly even as high as #2.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Michael Vick
- Extremely athletic, the best athlete at QB since Michael Vick and he might be better
- Though his technique/footwork isn't always pretty, knows how to make plays and makes it look easy
- Excellent deep ball, maybe the best in the draft
- Despite world-class speed, keeps eyes downfield when flushed from the pocket, looking for the pass first
- Inconsistent accuracy on short/intermediate routes. WR Kendall Wright has helped him greatly, adjusting to poorly thrown balls
- Mostly a catch and throw, shotgun QB in college, will need to improve drop back/footwork under center
- Has not shown the ability to go through his progressions. Typical reads were first option, second option (maybe), and then run.
Prepared by: Brett Stott, Drafttek Analyst
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