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Robert Griffin III says NFL draft decision will come soon

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Baylor’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III led his team to a Tecmo Bowl-style 67-56 win in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night, and afterward he said his decision about whether to enter the NFL draft will come soon.

Griffin was asked in his post-game interview whether he has played his final college game and he said, “I have no idea.” But asked when he’ll decide if he’s entering the draft, Griffin said, “Pretty soon here, probably.”

That’s a departure from what Griffin has said previously, that he wants to wait until the deadline to declare for the NFL draft. Griffin sounded like he’ll be ready to make his announcement any day now.

Despite the video game-like numbers of the Alamo Bowl, Griffin had what for him was an ordinary day, completing 24 of 33 passes for 295 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, and adding 55 yards and another touchdown on the ground.

But while Griffin says he has no idea if that was his last game at Baylor, everyone else seems to agree that he’s ready for the NFL.

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  1. supremeomega says: Dec 30, 2011 7:01 AM

    No reason to go back. He will be the second QB taken this year or next. Already has a Heisman and a degree…coming back can only hurt him.

    He will look very good in a Browns or Redskins uniform…

  2. dolfan72 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:04 AM

    Mel Kiper and his head of hair has him projected to go to Miami. If that’s the case, I’ll wear MY Superman tie to work the day of the NFL Draft!

  3. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:05 AM

    He put Baylor on the map…. Now it’s time to bring DC back to glory. Dude will go beast mode for the burgundy & gold next season!

  4. waltdawg says: Dec 30, 2011 7:14 AM

    Griffin III—HAIL SKINS!!!!

  5. maddenwizkid says: Dec 30, 2011 7:14 AM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if he’s better than luck?

  6. tropicpurple says: Dec 30, 2011 7:25 AM

    dolfan72 says:Dec 30, 2011 7:04 AM

    Mel Kiper and his head of hair has him projected to go to Miami. If that’s the case, I’ll wear MY Superman tie to work the day of the NFL Draft!

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    The only way this guy becomes a Dolphin is if they trade up, which that organization rarely does (well).

    More so, if Kiper has him projected as a Dolphin, then he’ll most certainly land somewhere else — Kiper, is guessing, just like everybody else.

    Finally, with the Browns and Redskins (currently) projected to draft ahead of you (Dolphins) there’s little to no chance he becomes Dolphin without some sort of intervention.

  7. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 30, 2011 7:33 AM

    I’m usually for a guy staying in school, but coming off the heisman for what’s not a great team and really no chance for title. The other top rated qb’s staying in school only propel him up the board or make him more valuable. He’s been injured before. GO TO THE NFL (to the Skins in particular please)

  8. skins23 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:47 AM

    Please, please, please…….

  9. 4ever19 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:49 AM

    RGIII to my beloved Colts. I would have no issue with that. Let Peyton work with him for a year or two and then ride into the sunset.

  10. phillyrick22 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:08 AM

    Im glad I DVRed it!!

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 30, 2011 8:18 AM

    Is it me, or is the upcoming draft going to be much more hyped, scrutinized and watched than any in recent years?

  12. howley1 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:22 AM

    His own coaches took the ball out of his hands with the game on the line. Second half play selection was 23 runs, 9 passes. He has “bust” written all over him.

    By the way, Mike Singletary put Baylor on the map. Not this guy.

  13. mannyicey says: Dec 30, 2011 8:26 AM

    I’m not sure about RG3 vs. Luck. It depends on the team. If I had to pick a quarterback for the Colts, I would pick RG3, because under Manning’s tutelage and his own scrambling ability, speed and accuracy, he may end up being the best ever.

    But I expect the Colts will trade their pick. And I believe the team that will trade up will do so to get Luck. The more I see it, the more I think that both will be successful.

  14. fground says: Dec 30, 2011 8:38 AM

    RG3 will go number 1. The NFL will wake up and start drafting athletes at QB that are also accurate passers.

    RG3 is Michael Vick with elite accuracy and intellectually he’s likely the equal or superior of any QB in the NFL.

    Of course the Vikings have now screwed themselves from getting Luck or RG3 by beating Wash. Both of the those QBs will end up going 1-2 in the draft – no matter who holds the picks.

  15. skins23 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:51 AM

    howley1 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 8:22 AM
    His own coaches took the ball out of his hands with the game on the line. Second half play selection was 23 runs, 9 passes. He has “bust” written all over him.
    _______________________________

    Yeah, and clearly it wasn’t working…. Baylor only ran for 400+ yards and scored 67 points…. idiot.

  16. tatum064 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:54 AM

    maddenwizkid says:
    Dec 30, 2011 7:14 AM
    Wouldn’t it be funny if he’s better than luck?

    =============

    Height, and pocket presence is going to be an issue. A frequent complete with a movin QB is that its difficult for receivers to gauge where the release point is and whether to keep moving or break off routes. Brady, Brees, Rothlisberger are best with moving around, but basically stay in the pocket. Rodgers can roll then throw, but his release is so fast. RGIII may not fit every offense, but its up to that system to tailor it to his strengths the way McCoy did for Tebow in Denver.

    I believe he may be the most scrutinized prospect at the combine, along with Blackmon, Morris Claiborne and Reily Reiff. Griffith actually projects 15 to Seattle, but with a great combine, interview, Cleveland could conceivably take him at 5 – meaning McCoy may be out of their immediate future plans.

  17. gibbsandflair says: Dec 30, 2011 8:55 AM

    As a Skins fan I want RGIII, but if the Browns want him they will get him. The extra number 1 pick this year( no. 22 I think) will be the deal winner.

  18. tatum064 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:56 AM

    and…700 yards total offense by Baylor and congrats for the first Bowl win in 19 years….

  19. tundey says: Dec 30, 2011 8:58 AM

    Just come to Washington already. We already have the defense in place. Even with Rex Grossman trying to give the game away every other play, we’ve managed to win 5 games. Imagine what you (RGIII) can do in the nation’s capital.

  20. tundey says: Dec 30, 2011 9:00 AM

    @thereisalwaysnextyear : Usually I would also favor staying in school than coming out too early. But for athletes, I think they have to strike when the iron is hot. And it’ll probably never be hotter for RGIII.

  21. snoilog says: Dec 30, 2011 9:04 AM

    Good Luck to the fans of the team he gets drafted by

    He really is Superman. I can’t wait to see him play on Sundays

    My team doesn’t need him

    GO LIONS!!!!

  22. lgbarn says: Dec 30, 2011 9:06 AM

    The guy was flat out sensational last night. I couldn’t believe how great his throws were. I’m not sure how he will do in the NFL but I’m sure he will have some fan base quite excited on draft day.

  23. abninf says: Dec 30, 2011 9:13 AM

    If he leaves school he’ll probably be the only true superstar QB to come out of the draft. Unless he goes to the Redskins.

  24. noquickreactionshere says: Dec 30, 2011 9:20 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Dec 30, 2011 7:33 AM
    I’m usually for a guy staying in school, but coming off the heisman for what’s not a great team and really no chance for title. The other top rated qb’s staying in school only propel him up the board or make him more valuable. He’s been injured before. GO TO THE NFL (to the Skins in particular please)

    __________________________

    No reason to be all for a guy staying in school in this case…. he has already graduated. He is a junior based on his eligability.

    I wouldn’t expect him in DC, Vikings or Brownies, Christian Ponder becomes disposable if RGIII is available.

    and @fground

    The NFL will “wake up” how many of these athletic players have been successfull in the NFL? Vick is the closest to being a success and he was the most dynamic athelete i’ve ever seen play. Tebow will be a bust, Troy Smith would have been a bust if any team thought he was going to be good. What QB’s are champions? Brady, Manning, Manning, Brease, Rodgers, Roethlesburger (Big, physical, strong, not athletic). Even the dynamic players who become successfull in the NFL have to change their game to become prototypical passers, Vick was a joke in Atlanta, became elite in Philly when he learned how to pass first. Cam Newton is phenomonal mainly because at such a young age he has the ability to understand when to run and when not to as well as his ability to drop back, stay in the pocket and throw. RGIII will likely be a very good, dynamic player but Luck will be a once in a generation talent.

  25. gmen1987 says: Dec 30, 2011 9:37 AM

    I heard an NFL scout interviewed before the game that said RGIII is currently rated as a mid 1st rounder to a early 2nd rounder.

    A couple of things.

    1. Luck will be the first pick no matter what. Indy is taking him if they get it. Rams probably would trade the pick unless they can unload Bradford and his contract.

    2. There are two major concerns about RGIII. His size and height. Will it be a hinderance? The other is the level of competent defenses in the Big 12. Do those Big 12 defenses inflate a QBs stats and make the QBs look better than what they really are. Big 12 QBs have struggled in the NFL despite some being high draft picks.

    Remember fans and the media were all gung ho about Vince Young back in 2006 and he has had an up and down NFL career that is more down lately. RGIII is much more intelligent and mature than VY though.

  26. davidjcu says: Dec 30, 2011 9:41 AM

    At the combine, the gap between Luck and Griffin. Luck is a freak himself, but Griffin will prove to be the most athletic QB since Vick.

  27. fground says: Dec 30, 2011 9:44 AM

    noquickreactionshere – Passers in the NFL are successful primarily due to accuracy. Vick was marginally successful in Atlanta – he wasn’t a bust – but he would have been a world beater if he wasn’t so damn inaccurate.

    The reason Cam Newton succeeded when so many NFL “experts” suggested he would be a bust is because he accurate as well as athletic.

    This guy is Michael Vick with great accuracy. There has never been a QB like that in the NFL – Aaron Rodgers is a little like that but no where near the runner RG3 is.

    By the way – Tebow is not much of an athlete and he’s not an accurate passer. So I agree he will very likely not be successful in the NFL.

  28. whatswiththehate says: Dec 30, 2011 9:57 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Dec 30, 2011 7:33 AM
    Luck will be a once in a generation talent.
    ————
    Dag, what do some of you smoke so early in the morning?

    The same thing that was done to make Peyton who he is today will be done to make Luck successful. The media will fault the team when he sucks and give him all the praises when the team plays well. Outside of that, you will not be hearing much about Luck.

    It will be RGIII who will be put through the media’s hot scrutinizing fire, just like Cam last year. Especially, since it’s already established that Luck gets the number one position and not much scrutiny will be made of it.

    Different draft season same media BS.

  29. noquickreactionshere says: Dec 30, 2011 10:15 AM

    @ fground

    You are proving my point, the ability to throw the ball accurately (not to mention reading and understanding defenses) is how quarterbacks become successfull in the NFL. I’m not arguing with that, my comment is based on your comment that the NFL needs to “Wake up” why is this? Who has NFL franchises passed on? A guy like RGIII has the ability to be special, just like Vick who is finally learning to throw the ball with accuracy but 9 out of 10 the championship quarterback is going to be a prototypical pocket passer, not an athelete. Mainly because the accuracy and they ability to throw the ball from the pocket is more important, and it’s rare to find a guy who has that unique skill set.

  30. hushbrother says: Dec 30, 2011 10:28 AM

    I have to ask, but who the hell are Robert Griffin the first and the second?

  31. mancave001 says: Dec 30, 2011 10:29 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Dec 30, 2011 7:33 AM
    I’m usually for a guy staying in school, but coming off the heisman for what’s not a great team and really no chance for title. The other top rated qb’s staying in school only propel him up the board or make him more valuable. He’s been injured before. GO TO THE NFL (to the Skins in particular please)
    ————————————-

    I am too, but he’s not “leaving school.” He’s graduating but has a year of eligibility left. He should definitely declare for the draft.

  32. unclenasty says: Dec 30, 2011 10:44 AM

    Cant compare this guy to Vince Young….on the field or off. He has more class in his pinky toe than Young will ever have. I wont dispute VY’s talent on the field, in college at least, but RG III has a more NFL ready throwing motion and also has more speed than Young.

  33. Derty Ernie says: Dec 30, 2011 10:45 AM

    First, his original statement would have made sense to wait to the final day to see what other QB’s he would be competing with declare.
    Barkley has helped the Griffin family make up their minds already by saying he is coming back, thus Griffin has no chance of staying in school and being the numero uno next year. He knows he can’t be the numero uno this year, so might as well declare rather than risk injury.

    PS, I would not be shocked to see him go to the Vikes at number two or three? Ponder is not the future and Joe Webb was really never a QB pick but a receiver or tight end originally.

    The Vikes had drooled over having a fast QB who can pass and run to complement Pederson. They play indoors on a fast track that negates strong defenses.
    They take Griffin and start the rebuilding process with Ponder as backup and Webb at receiver. The Vikes need a lot so this is a big project for them and it starts with Griffin.

  34. tropicpurple says: Dec 30, 2011 10:49 AM

    gmen1987 says:Dec 30, 2011 9:37 AM

    I heard an NFL scout interviewed before the game that said RGIII is currently rated as a mid 1st rounder to a early 2nd rounder.

    ———————

    Typical pre-draft talk, whoever that scout works for probably has RGIII ranked 2nd overall.

    Too many teams projected to pick in the top 10 have QB issues, this guy doesn’t get past #5 overall pick (either by a top 5 pick team, or some sort of trade-up from another team).

  35. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 30, 2011 10:58 AM

    RGIII is the holy grail of QBs for this era. That dude is the truth.

  36. noquickreactionshere says: Dec 30, 2011 11:02 AM

    whatswiththehate says:
    Dec 30, 2011 9:57 AM
    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Dec 30, 2011 7:33 AM
    Luck will be a once in a generation talent.
    ————
    Dag, what do some of you smoke so early in the morning?

    The same thing that was done to make Peyton who he is today will be done to make Luck successful. The media will fault the team when he sucks and give him all the praises when the team plays well. Outside of that, you will not be hearing much about Luck.

    It will be RGIII who will be put through the media’s hot scrutinizing fire, just like Cam last year. Especially, since it’s already established that Luck gets the number one position and not much scrutiny will be made of it.

    Different draft season same media BS.

    ______________________________

    Starbucks grande pepermant mocha… thats what I take in the morning.

    Luck is NFL ready, much like Andy Dalton but with more talent. Remember also that Cam is the exception… not the norm, he is a great player and has a great future in the NFL. The media hypes players who they think will be great talents in the NFL, do you honestly think that Payton Manning is over-rated? If you do don’t bother responding, your thoughts from that point on will not be valid.

    There is a lot of media hype around both of these guys, and a lot of NFL teams are looking at both of them. Luck is NFL ready, Griffin needs to learn to read defenses, needs to get used to taking snaps under center, needs to learn to turn his back to the defense on play action and come back around and know where everyone on the filed is. I think he will be able to do all this and become a very good NFL QB. The difference is that Andrew Luck already can, just like Andy Dalton. This is why Dalton is fighting to get into the playoffs and Cam is putting up great stats. Cam will likely have a better career but in all honesty Dalton is having a better season. (Don’t give me the argument that Cam is on a worse team…. Dalton plays for the Bungles).

  37. emmac13 says: Dec 30, 2011 11:07 AM

    RG3 height and ability to move would fit well in a west coast offense. Thats why the Browns maybe a fit. But looking at Holmgrens past QBs tells different. Joe Montana, Steve Young, B. Farve, and Matt H. were pocket passers. Colt McCoy fits their mold. We will see.

  38. maddogwhite says: Dec 30, 2011 11:16 AM

    RGIII will be like Cam Newtown – Fantasy Wunderkinds but never able to take their team to the promised land. Cam is getting an ungodly amount of attention for a QB who only beat one team with a winning record — and that was a team playing with their 3rd string QB.

    People need to chill out with all this hype and praise on this new type of QB. At the end of the day, LOOK AT THE 12 TEAMS in the playoffs. None of them will have this new style QB, with the possible exception of the Broncos and Tebow (whom no one expects to be a future QB star in this league).

    Why don’t we give these guys a few years in the pros before we declare them stars. The 2004 draft featured 3 QBs who made the Pro Bowl this year (Big Ben, Rivers and Manning). But what about hyped NFL rookie standouts — Vince Young, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford? How’s that working out now?

  39. siggtacular says: Dec 30, 2011 11:35 AM

    RG3 will be playing for the Redskins, Jaguars or Browns

  40. audient says: Dec 30, 2011 12:23 PM

    I hope the Browns give him a good look.

  41. scorpio516 says: Dec 30, 2011 1:01 PM

    “The Vikes had drooled over having a fast QB who can pass and run to complement Pederson. They play indoors on a fast track that negates strong defenses.
    They take Griffin and start the rebuilding process with Ponder as backup and Webb at receiver. The Vikes need a lot so this is a big project for them and it starts with Griffin.”
    —————————————————————

    And they’ve got to keep up with Rodgers, Stafford, and Cutler – all 3 top 10 passers when not injured.

    I’m not sold on Ponder being a total bust though, he had good accuracy in college too. Hasn’t been a great pro though.

    RG3’s football stock will never be higher than this year. But he does want to finish his Masters and get a JD too. I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays at Baylor to finish his MS. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was done with that in May after being drafted in the first round. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried, and qualified, for the olympics in the 400m hurdles this summer either.

  42. earthtopft says: Dec 30, 2011 3:01 PM

    Griffin will get more scrutiny in the next few months than at any time since the Leakey’s discovered him in Ouldavi Gorge.

  43. gmen1987 says: Dec 30, 2011 3:45 PM

    hushbrother says:
    Dec 30, 2011 10:28 AM
    I have to ask, but who the hell are Robert Griffin the first and the second?

    ================================
    Goobs, let me help you out on this. Robert Griffin the first is RG III’s grandfather and Robert Griffin’s the second’s father. Robert Griffin the second is RGIII’s father and Robert Griffin the first’s son.

    Hope that helps.

  44. howley1 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:04 PM

    howley1 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 8:22 AM
    His own coaches took the ball out of his hands with the game on the line. Second half play selection was 23 runs, 9 passes. He has “bust” written all over him.
    _______________________________

    Yeah, and clearly it wasn’t working…. Baylor only ran for 400+ yards and scored 67 points…. idiot.

    ————————————————————–

    Allow me to rephrase… down 35-24 at the half, his coaches decided they had better options than RG3’s arm to get back into the game against a seriously out-matched opponent. Of course Baylor won the game… BECAUSE they took the ball out of Griffin’s hands. Good luck in the NFL, I don’t think the unranked Washington Huskies play there but whatever.

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