With 13 days to go before the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, experts are already drawing unfair comparisons between players and handing out premature accolades to draft prospects.
‘Tis the season, after all.
In a recent discussion of the NFL’s “most cerebral” quarterbacks, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com made the argument that some signal callers in the NFL held a distinct intellectual advantage over their peers. It isn’t scientific or formulaic in nature, but the players generally considered to be the best are being called the “most cerebral.”
The list includes the Broncos’ Peyton Manning, the Saints’ Drew Brees and the Patriots’ Tom Brady. Rosenthal gives credit to up-and-comers like the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and the Bengals’ Andy Dalton. It even throws Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under the bus for failing to make the list.
But it also includes the name of one soon-to-be NFL quarterback who is already considered to be among the NFL’s “most cerebral.” Whatever that means:
3. Robert Griffin III: Just listen to the kid talk and look at his track record at Baylor. Griffin’s pocket awareness and smarts will take him even further than his amazing speed.
With all of the speculation concerning the Redskins No. 2 overall pick, this should come as great news for Redskins fans, even if the standards are totally wishy-washy.
“Just listen to the kid talk?” Griffin sounds smart, polished–even worldly in his interviews–but that’s not the best indication of football intellect. I’m not disagreeing with the sentiment expressed, I just wish they were based upon a tangible standard.
For example, does Rosenthal know that Griffin spent his 2011 Heisman season as a graduate student with a 3.67 G.P.A.? For his efforts, he earned second team Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Outside of the classroom, Griffin is a regular Renaissance Man, dabbling in poetry, film, digital media, and law (via CSN Washington):
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So even though Griffin’s inclusion on this list may be curious, he clearly has the cerebral talent to warrant his name on the list.