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Report: Robert Griffin III tells Baylor he’s leaving for the NFL draft

Griffin III of Baylor University looks for a receiver during NCAA football game against Huskies in San Antonio Reuters

Baylor’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III has been widely expected to leave school and enter the NFL draft, and today he’s making that decision official.

Griffin is informing Baylor coach Art Briles today that he has decided to turn pro, and an announcement is imminent, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports.

Mortensen reports that Griffin is also close to picking an agent and could do that today as well.

Although Stanford’s Andrew Luck is expected to go first overall, Griffin could go as high as second, and some observers think he has even more upside than Luck. Griffin led the NCAA in passing efficiency in 2011 and is also an outstanding athlete who had the potential to be an Olympic hurdler before he decided to focus full-time on football.

Griffin leaves college football behind with a career stat line of 800 completions in 1,192 passes (67.1 percent) for 10,366 yards, with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, plus another 2,254 yards and 33 touchdowns running.

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55 Responses to “Report: Robert Griffin III tells Baylor he’s leaving for the NFL draft”
  1. raythestabber says: Jan 10, 2012 3:45 PM

    Thumbs up for a classy, faster, more accurate Mike Vick!

  2. touchdownsyndrome says: Jan 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    And hes heading to the DMV

  3. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Jan 10, 2012 3:47 PM

    Hope you enjoy Cleveland more than Lebron did.

  4. iminra6 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:47 PM

    RG III goodluck in the draft, I hope Kansas City Chiefs trade up to get you. I think you would be a great addition to Chiefs.

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 10, 2012 3:48 PM

    The Vikings are now fielding offers for the #3 pick. Washington, how about your first and second rounders?

  6. stavreafavre says: Jan 10, 2012 3:49 PM

    A hurdler – cool. Should make for more of those shots where the runner tries to leap over a guy who’s going to dive at him, except the tackler doesn’t dive.

  7. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 3:50 PM

    TG3- The New York Jets need your telephone number!

  8. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 3:50 PM

    RG3- The New York Jets need your telephone number!

  9. bjtmeyer says: Jan 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    RGIII to the Browns!

  10. sixjak says: Jan 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    This guy is incredibly talented. LSU could have used his skillz last night.

  11. cowboyhater says: Jan 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    Trade up Shanahan!! I can’t take another year of Rex Grossman. HTTR!!

  12. raqaiw says: Jan 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    Dallas trades 1st,2nd,&4th round picks with Cleveland to get him. Cleveland uses those picks to get guys who struggled in college and ultimately fail in the NFL. Year 16 of the rebuild sees Cleveland with yet another top 10 pick,which they trade. Rinse and repeat.

  13. vegaskid21 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    Why wouldn’t he? I think RG3 will do well.

  14. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    Maybe the Steelers can move up and draft him. They looked horrendous Sunday and could use the help.

  15. mrwilson1234 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    I wish the lad luck. I hope he never regrets this decision. He will land a fat contract and if he is careful that should be enough money to carry him through the rest of his life. I hope he understands the difference between college and pro football.

  16. phillyphever says: Jan 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Let the old debate begin: the finished project vs. potential.

  17. coderacer says: Jan 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    He’s heading to Cleveland. Browns need someone, anything, to resuscitate their franchise. Plus I think Shurmur is a big fan.

  18. bhester1906 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:58 PM

    Washington Redskins

  19. fittytuckin says: Jan 10, 2012 4:00 PM

    He’s doom playing for any team with a top 10 selection. He is not going to have Cam Newton, Andy Dalton type success.

  20. mannyicey says: Jan 10, 2012 4:00 PM

    In other news, it was widely reported the Andy Reid is on vacation, but will eat a cheesesteak once he gets back to Philly.

    Details at 11!

    Captain Obvious… You’ve done it Again!

  21. yettyskills says: Jan 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    Akili Smith 2.0

    Another soon to be constantly injured small and skinny QB.

  22. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    … seconds later, a cell phone rang in a St. Louis … “This is Jeff. I’m in.”

  23. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    I don’t get it! Why is everyone picking on Cleveland?? It’s nice city somewhere!!

  24. megatronlegacy says: Jan 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    I like this guy, I hope for his sake he doesn’t end up on the Browns or the Skins.

  25. stl45fan says: Jan 10, 2012 4:06 PM

    With the 2nd pick in the draft the Rams have traded it to…………………

  26. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:08 PM

    Certainly not a suprise- the only reason to come back would be to win a championship, and the fact is that Baylor could add 5 games to the schedule, win the big 12, go 18-0, and still get snubbed for the title game by whoever is SEC West #2.

    Sad but true. College football sucks, come to the league, RGIII and good luck. You are a helluva talent, I’ll give you that.

  27. scamnewton says: Jan 10, 2012 4:09 PM

    Another Big 12 bust to the NFL, great.

  28. yettyskills says: Jan 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    Quick, one of you fools name me the last small willing to run QB who did not get injured constantly?

    Or Suck

    Quick get to it.

    List the 6’2 210 QB’s or smaller who played in the NFL and did not constantly be banged up and injured year after year.

    History is a ___ isn’t it?

  29. pellucov68 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:14 PM

    Cleveland trades up to the 2nd spot by giving the Rams the 1st rd draft choice they got from the Julio Jones trade.
    Cleveland takes RG III.
    St.Louis ends up with either Matt Kalil or Justin Blackmon and gets an additional 1st rd choice, it makes too much sense to me so it probably won’t happen

  30. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:14 PM

    Welcome to DC!

  31. earthtopft says: Jan 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    Just make up your silly little mind, diva. How difficult can it be? Robert Griffin the “I, I, I!”. Rest of the world isn’t as thrilled about gazing at that tribal mask as you are, dope.

  32. phillyphever says: Jan 10, 2012 4:17 PM

    “List the 6’2 210 QB’s or smaller who played in the NFL and did not constantly be banged up and injured year after year.”

    DREW BREES!!!!

  33. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 4:18 PM

    yettyskills says:
    Jan 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    “List the 6’2 210 QB’s or smaller who played in the NFL and did not constantly be banged up and injured year after year”

    Fran Tarkenton comes to mind right away!

  34. Ricardo Grande says: Jan 10, 2012 4:18 PM

    I like the idea of Robert Griffin III going to the Browns at #4. But I would LOVE to see Heckert package the #4 and #22, along with next year’s first rounder, to move up and take Luck at #1 this year.

    I hope that’s a possibility, but wouldn’t kick if RG3 was the pick, either.

  35. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 4:21 PM

    Vikings head coach Bud Grant flatly called Tarkenton “the greatest quarterback who’s ever played.” When he retired, Tarkenton held NFL career records in pass attempts, completions, yardage, and touchdowns; rushing yards by a quarterback; and wins by a starting quarterback

  36. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 4:22 PM

    Oh by the way, Fran Tarkenton was 6’0″

  37. tropicpurple says: Jan 10, 2012 4:28 PM

    This guy doesn’t get past pick #3. Why? Because Clevland will take him at #4. So, I depends who has enough collateral (draf picks, players) to move from their current position to either #2 or #3.

    Now, before you start spaming that your favorite team will do just that, please refer to your favorite draft-point-chart and see just what it takes to move up. Then, and only then, share with us your wisdom on how your team can/will move up.

  38. rufustfireflyjr says: Jan 10, 2012 4:29 PM

    yettyskills, he’s listed at 6-2, 220, not exactly little. Of course, we’ll find out how accurate those measurements are when he goes to the combine in a few weeks.

  39. jbcommonsense says: Jan 10, 2012 4:31 PM

    Yetty, Brees is that small at least.

  40. bigdawgy54 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:37 PM

    All quarterbacks get banged up. Don’t ask such rhetorical questions.
    As far as successful 6’2″ QB’s just to name a few….
    Brett Favre
    Steve McNair
    Kurt Warner
    Drew Brees
    Jake Delhomme
    Michael Vick
    Again….just naming a few.

  41. klownboy says: Jan 10, 2012 4:39 PM

    The biggest no-brainer in college football – other than the SEC being the best conference in college football…

  42. bigdawgy54 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:41 PM

    RG3 to CLEVELAND!
    We need a headline and a quarterback!
    Last year I ordered the season highlight DVD. All I got was a picture of the team coming out of the locker room!
    Bob, we need ya!!!

  43. brazy44 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:42 PM

    you forgot to mention that he already graduated from Baylor with his degree, so he literally has nothing left for him at Baylor.

  44. ajschn06 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:51 PM

    This news is awesome for the Minnesota Vikings…..either the Rams trade the #2 pick to someone who wants griffin, in which case the Vikings get Matt Kalil……OR the Rams take Kalil and the Vikings trade the #3 pick to someone who wants RG3 and get a haul. I suppose the Rams could take Blackmon, in which case there is no way the Vikes trade that #3 pick…..

  45. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 10, 2012 5:00 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says:
    Jan 10, 2012 4:08 PM
    Certainly not a suprise- the only reason to come back would be to win a championship, and the fact is that Baylor could add 5 games to the schedule, win the big 12, go 18-0, and still get snubbed for the title game by whoever is SEC West #2.

    Sad but true. College football sucks, come to the league, RGIII and good luck. You are a helluva talent, I’ll give you that.

    ______________________________

    Your trying to be sarcastic but you actually made a good point. He could win the Big 12, go 11-0 and not make the national championship game…. thats because big boy football gets played in the SEC. Would love to see what he is made up of going against LSU, Alabama or even Auburn, South Carolina.

    I could win my flag football league too… that doesn’t mean I’m ready for a tryout with the Patriots…..

  46. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 5:33 PM

    About RG3

    He graduated with a 3.67 GPA in political science and is currently studying for a Masters in Communication

    I say he’s done with college! (You can’t get a Master’s Degree in a “college”!)

  47. sportsmediacritic says: Jan 10, 2012 5:35 PM

    What 6’2″ QB has had success in the NFL?

    ummmm

    well…

    I do remember this skinny 6″2 kid who ran some option at Notre Dame. He didn pretty well in the NFL (Joe Montana)

  48. jped2166 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:56 PM

    Vikings might be wise to Ponder taking Griffin with the third pick.

  49. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 5:57 PM

    How about Mr. Brett Farve!

    He is 6’2″!!!

  50. austrianpanther says: Jan 10, 2012 6:01 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is also 6’2″

  51. mlmeier says: Jan 10, 2012 6:38 PM

    Most would disagree—and rightfully so—but I’d rather have RG3 than Luck. Both will have a great career and Luck is clearly the better fit for Indy, but I hope RG3 lands on the right team ’cause he has truly amazing potential.

  52. mwcarolina says: Jan 10, 2012 6:49 PM

    he will be either a Redskin, Dolphin or Brown. someone said the Jets, but i dont see that.

  53. dieselfan44 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    I m extremely biased but DC is a great fit…improved O-Line, very promising young backs, better defense, and a staff dedicated to building a winner. He will need a big downfield threat to help him…that is my main concern…Hank will be back, hes not a burner but will be a solid move the chains guy with ability for the acrobat catch. They will do what it takes…no choice

  54. progress2011 says: Jan 10, 2012 10:11 PM

    yettyskills- List the 6’2 210 QB’s or smaller who played in the NFL and did not constantly be banged up and injured year after year.
    ____________________________________

    Well quite a few posters have already listed many successful qb’s that were around 6’2 and 210. I have a few more, just to add salt to your growing wound:

    Steve Young 6’2 & 215, Joe Montana 6’2 & 200 and my personal favorite Roger Staubach 6’3 & 197.

    Guess your argument about his size can go away now. Plus none of the Hall of Famers I listed could run or move like him.

  55. jdillydawg says: Jan 10, 2012 10:47 PM

    Good move RG. On the selfish side, let’s hope Baylor doesn’t have to endure another 25 years or so without a winning season. That was painful…

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