MAYOCK: Baylor’s RGIII could be special

In this photo provided by the Heisman Trophy Trust, Robert Griffin III, of Baylor University, holds the Heisman Trophy award after being named the winner, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Heisman Trophy Trust, Kelly Kline)

In this photo provided by the Heisman Trophy Trust, Robert Griffin III, of Baylor University, holds the Heisman Trophy award after being named the winner, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Heisman Trophy Trust, Kelly Kline)

Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, could go in the No. 2 spot. Cleveland or Washington could work out a deal with St. Louis, which has the second overall pick.

Some believe that Griffin could overtake Andrew Luck as the top quarterback in the draft.

“I love everything about this kid,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “The question that I have is, is that he doesn’t throw with anticipation mostly because he doesn’t have to in that offense. He has nimble footwork and they spread it out so wide.

“He’s got some talented and gifted receivers. He’s got great touch and accuracy, medium and deep. He’s got arm strength. He’s tough. He take hits. But he doesn’t anticipate throws. He waits until they develop and then he throws them.

“My only question is will he develop that.”

Mayock likes Griffin’s pocket presence.

“He will stay in and take hits,” he said. “We all know he can run. . .but he initially looks to get the football down the field and I like that. His eyes are down the field. He’s conscience of the fact that he can make big plays with his eyes and his arm as opposed to with his legs.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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15 comments Add your comment


February 16th, 2012
5:42 am

I really like Andrew Luck, always have… I just wish folks would go away with that silly Manning/Leaf comparison that they try to put on Luck and Griffin III. It is unfair. It is more like 1983 and you have an Elway like talent and another team may be fortunate enough to get a person Jim Kelly like potential. As a pro football follower, I certainly they step up to the occasion!

Blue Fender

February 16th, 2012
7:27 am

You can have the best quarterback in the world and still lose if there is no team around him. If G3 goes somewhere that has a decent OL (Cleveland), then he’ll do well. If he goes somewhere like Seattle, then not so much.


February 16th, 2012
10:04 am

I don’t know, Blue, Seattle has a lot of pieces… they really only need a good QB and a better o-line, yes. But they can improve the o-line later in the draft.


February 16th, 2012
3:50 pm

As a Baylor grad and fan who saw him play in his first game through his last, RG3 is a very special talent. The thing about Robert is that he’s not only talented athletically, but he’s also extremely intelligent — he is also very humble and has an unreal work ethic. Not to take anything away from Luck, but I think RG3 will transform the program that he lands in. I’d personally like to see him go #1, but I’ll be a fan of whatever team he goes to.

Section 121

February 16th, 2012
4:06 pm

INDY might shock the world and take RGIII first, makes sense too me he is a Cam type guy and we all saw what Cam did this year

Sly Ty

February 16th, 2012
4:57 pm

RG3 was a sensational QB and so was Luck. The simple fact is that Andrew Luck “looks” the part of the prototypical NFL Quarterback. Luck will be drafted by Indy, and if Manning leaves, they will have a season similar to what they had this season. REALLY, REALLY HORRIBLE.


February 16th, 2012
7:43 pm

Incredible what the Colt’s has done to Manning after he basically BUILT that franchise into what it is today. He showed no disrespect whatsoever and has been a class act his whole career. After a season long injury and something that “may” end his career, the Colts are already looking past him without even considering if he wants to play in Indy or not

Diehardo Falcon

February 16th, 2012
9:49 pm

we need a better QB please!

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February 17th, 2012
10:28 am

Trade Ryan now for RG3 while you still can…
Another lackluster playoff and you’ll have two Redmans…


February 17th, 2012
1:04 pm

Griffin = FLOP


February 17th, 2012
9:19 pm

Trading Ryan for Rg3 is an excellent idea. Ryan has reached his peak. Why didn’t Luck win the Heisman? Because RG3 was better than Luck and also will be better in the pros.There was lots of the same garbage said about Cam who was selected as number one & has very similar skills as RG3. Maybe RG3 is the wrong color.


February 17th, 2012
11:08 pm

I guess no one remembers how great Vince Young was suppose to be coming out of college. RG is nowhere near the qb Luck is, the only thing he can do better is run. Ryan has yet to peak, he was held back by his OC. I cant wait to see how he does this year with a new scheme. Indy takes Luck, no question. I dont see Peyton playing for them this year. I also see RG going to the Browns.


February 19th, 2012
3:17 pm

Instead of trading Ryan for RGIII, how about getting a better line for Ryan?!!


February 20th, 2012
4:07 pm

isn’t it spelled concious? ….”He’s conscience of the fact”