Regardless of where he’s eventually taken in April’s NFL Draft, one of the most facinating prospects from this year’s class will be Heisman-winning Baylor quarterback RG3.
Or maybe I should say, ‘Robert Griffin III, CEO of Griffin Enterprises.’ That’s how he described his job to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, shortly before he left for the NFL Combine:
“This is a business trip,” Griffin, 22, says after a workout in Arizona last weekend. “I’m the CEO of Griffin Enterprises. It’s my job to go sell my product.”
But what exactly will that product be? Rumors have suggested that top quarterback prospect Andrew Luck is ‘willing but unlikely to throw‘ at the Combine, acknowledging that it could only hurt his sky-high stock. As the clock ticks down to throw time, it’s now being questioned whether or not Griffin will throw either:
“It would be foolish to say it’s even a fair and equitable environment for throwing,” [Griffin] says. “When you show up in a game, you’re never going in without a game plan. It’s a disadvantage to throw when you have no idea of the rhythm that you will have with your receivers.
“I’ll decide when I get there. I’ll do the other tests and see how it goes.”
In top receiver Kendall Wright, Griffin had one of the best vertical threats in college football last year. At the Combine, he would be paired with receivers that he doesn’t know, making it an unrealistic game situation.
With that being said, Griffin should be motivated to throw in Indy in order to prove that he’s the top prospect in football. The Redskins could address their quarterback situation through the Draft, meaning they would be willing to watch if Griffin is willing to throw.
If he chooses not to, it would be unfortunate, but unlikely to change his sky-high prospect status.
In his 2011 Heisman season, Griffin threw 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns in 13 games (six interceptions), completing an astounding 72.4 percent of his passes.
By comparison, Redskins quarterbacks threw for 4,058 yards and 19 touchdowns (24 interceptions), completing 58.5 percent of their passes. With a pick near the top of the first round (No. 6), Griffin certainly represents an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on in the days and weeks to come.