Photo of Robert Griffin III
Drafted By: Redskins
  • Round 1
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 2

Combine Results

Grade
95.0 ?
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 39.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "I look at Robert Griffin and say, what are the odds of his success? And I think he's already surrounded in Washington D.C. with more talent than Luck is going to have in Indianapolis. They signed a couple of receivers, they re-signed Fred Davis, they have Chris Cooley. That's a strong infrastructure for RG3. ... He will embrace the limelight and make plays."

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Many would argue that Griffin III is not only the most physically gifted quarterback in the 2012 draft, but also that he is the most talented player overall. His intangibles are making so many general managers swoon. Griffin, because of his athletic ability and Joe Montana-like ability to extend plays and remain focused on moving the ball downfield, not to mention his hurdling ability, could stand to be the better physical prospect than presumed No. 1 pick Andrew Luck. Nonetheless, RG3 likely will be a top-five pick.

Analysis

Strengths

Griffin is a talented quarterback who was built for the position. Although he is slightly undersized, his athletic ability lends well to him being an NFL-type quarterback who can make plays with his feet, extend plays, make the deep throw and lead a team down the field. He has some of the same natural talents that Cam Newton had in the 2011 draft, sans the size. Griffin overcomes a slight size deficiency by simply being so athletic that defenders rarely get a shot on him. It is apparent that Griffin, once a high school hurdler, is extremely explosive. He drops back with absolute ease. He is able to feel comfortable enough in the pocket to step into a throw in traffic or reset outside the pocket. At this point, unlike Luck, he can also move the ball downfield with his feet. While many would argue that RG3 might be an athlete playing quarterback, his junior-year performance reaffirmed that he is simply an athletic quarterback, a guy who can make all the smart throws first and create later if necessary.

Weaknesses

Griffin has a slight size deficiency and could have some durability issues if he is hit often enough. He anticipates plays so well and is able to react to a point where he should be able to avoid big hits, even at the NFL level. His junior year was a test to see how well he could recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during his sophomore year, and he came back just as strong. Some might worry that he will look to run first at the next level, but this easily could be curbed through coaching and a good support system on the offense. He truly had one strong season in college, but playing in a talented Big 12 conference and winning the Heisman likely puts those concerns to rest, as well.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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