NFL Draft Profile: Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin is a fantastic QB prospect with rare athletisism, fantastic production and a great arm. However, like nearly all QB prospects, but unlike Andrew Luck, there are questions raised regularly about his ability to be a successful NFL QB. Griffin is far from a finished product which is both a compliment on his massive potential, and a concern for his transition into a pro offense.

Statistics

2008 (True Freshman): 12 games, 160 for 267 (59.9%), 2091 yards, 7.8 Y/A, 15TDs, 3 INTs, 843 rush yards, 15 rush TDs

2009 (True Soph): 3 games*, 45 for 69 (65.2%), 481 yards, 7.0 Y/A, 4TDs, 0 INTs, 77 rush yards, 2 rush TDs

2010 (RS Soph): 13 games, 304 for 454 (67.0%), 3501 yards, 7.7 Y/A, 22TDs, 8 INTs, 635 rush yards, 8 rush TDs

2011 (RS Junior): 13 games, 291 for 402 (72.4%), 4293 yards, 10.7 Y/A, 37TDs, 6 INTs, 699 rush yards, 10 rush TDs

*Tore ACL

Combine

40 Yard Dash: 4.41 seconds

Vertical Jump: 39 Inches

Broad Jump: 10’0″

Health Check, by Laura Calaway:

Robert Griffin III has a slightly more “storied” injury history than Andrew Luck. Griffin has suffered a torn ACL (right knee) and a concussion. The ACL tear occurred on September 26, 2009, against Northwestern State:

Griffin was injured when his leg bent awkwardly while being stopped for no gain on a fourth-down play the opening series of the game.

He was lost for the year, but like Luck, returned to prove that ‘twas only a flesh wound… Griffin passed for 3501 yards and rushed for 635 yards in 2010; he passed for 4293 and rushed for 699 in 2011.

Griffin suffered the concussion against Texas Tech on November 26, 2011, when a defender’s forearm smacked him his head onto the turf as he slid to the ground. The concussion kept him out of the rest of the game, but he returned the following week to lead Baylor to victory over the Texas Longhorns. Given that Griffin was cleared to return so quickly, it is assumed that the concussion was “mild.” Not much is truly known about concussions, but he will have had several months before contact again and is likely to have healed completely by the time the season begins.

Positives

Griffin rates very highly in games started and completion percentage which are strong indicators of success for highly drafted QBs. He’s phenominally athletic on top of an excellent throwing arm. In addition to his physical skills Griffin is very smart graduating with a political science degree in December 2010 then beginning work on a masters in communication.

Negatives

RG3 is a bit smaller than would be ideal, but 6’2″ 220lbs is solid size. He played in an offense that didn’t ask him to play under center often, call audibles or go through full progressions. He seems smart enough to learn, but it will create a steeper learning curve than a QB coming from a pro-style offense has. His great arm and athletics allow him to make fantastic plays, but he also extends/attempts risky plays that would be best given up on by throwing the ball away or eatting a sack.

Further Reading

NFL.com

Mocking the Draft

CBS Sports

National Football Post

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