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Griffin III gets motivation from McShay’s comments

Robert L. Griffin III watches as U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle enter the room during the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington Reuters

Robert Griffin III is this year’s reminder that we don’t really know anything in the draft process until we get very close to the draft.

Like Cam Newton in 2010, Griffin was virtually an afterthought heading into his final college season. Even halfway through the season, it took a while for analysts to wrap their heads around Griffin as a surefire top-five pick.

Griffin knows he wasn’t well respected before 2011 and he uses that as motivation as he prepares for the biggest business trip of his life. With a little prompting from Mel Kiper during an ESPN Radio appearance Wednesday, Griffin talked about his journey.

“You never want to be looked at as a sure thing in life because it can rob you of your motivation,” Griffin said. “The guys that did have me, like you said, as a wide receiver like Mr. Todd McShay before the season, that just motivates me to continue to go out there to be the best. That’s how I’ll prepare myself.”

Kiper is currently wanted in Connecticut for involuntary ESPN-on-ESPN crime.

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45 Responses to “Griffin III gets motivation from McShay’s comments”
  1. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 22, 2012 3:21 PM

    If it was Kiper-on-McShay crime, it wasn’t unintentional.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 22, 2012 3:21 PM

    With the exception of Theisman’s queer hate for Kornheiser, there may not be two guys with more disdain for each other than Kiper and McShay. Even though McShay will most likely outlive Kiper, no one touches Kiper when it comes to that hair and swagger come draft day. A real tight knot that Kiper.

  3. rc33 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:24 PM

    Any chance this clown is gonna shut up anytime soon? I’m sick of hearing from him already…and the draft is still two months off.
    He speaks of himself like he’s Napoleon or something. All that’s missing are third person references.

  4. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    Wait when did Todd McShay earn the “Mr.” title? He still looks like a 12-year old boy.

  5. zn0rseman says: Feb 22, 2012 3:27 PM

    I don’t see why this guy is being touted as a number 2 overall pick. Yeah, he can run and has a great arm… but the QB position is 90% throwing accuracy an mental toughness. QBs that come from gimmicky spread offenses and are known more for their running than their throwing, rarely do well at the NFL level. If this guy is such a great prospect and is as confident about being an elite passes as he claims to be, why is he electing not to throw at the combine? It is his chance to prove himself.

    Yeah, I know other great prospects have also elected not to throw at the combine, but the ones that should get a pass are the ones with proven throwing accuracy. Guys like Griffin don’t fit that bill.

    $0.02,

    –Z

  6. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    Newton had a good rookie season and won OROTY and was an alternate selection for the Pro Bowl. But Vince Young won both those honors in 2006, as well. It doesn’t change the standard for long term success in the league. I don’t think anyone questioned Newton’s physical skills going into the 2011 draft, the doubts were about his mental and emotional makeup. Like Young. We need a little more proof before saying everyone was wrong about Newton. Or Griffin.

  7. trbowman says: Feb 22, 2012 3:32 PM

    Yeah and Todd also called Jevan Snead a future first overall pick…lol! Can’t take anything he says seriously.

  8. jtchernak says: Feb 22, 2012 3:35 PM

    Mel Kiper is a moron I was watching path to the draft from years ago and he was saying how Aaron Curry was the best player in the draft surefire superstar now look moron

  9. birdsflynorth206 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    Kiper and McShay are both idiots in my opinion. When have they ever really been correct about a prospect

  10. justanotherdummy says: Feb 22, 2012 3:38 PM

    Ok, its official. I have reached my limit on hype for the draft. Its gotten to where the players are yapping about the yapping of the tv talking heads. Just let it be late April already and the commish can start reading names.

  11. suhnum1fan says: Feb 22, 2012 3:38 PM

    What gives McShay credibility? Was this bum a scout, GM, high profile college player or hall of fame nfl player. I’m so sick of these so call analyst.

  12. nineroutsider says: Feb 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    At least they go out on a limb enough to commit “involuntary ESPN-on-ESPN crime”, which is more than I can see for the boys at NBC. Plus, they don’t have Costas and his annoying little haiku’s…

  13. paleandpasty says: Feb 22, 2012 3:53 PM

    Kiper is still in love with Brady Quinn and still rips the Dolphins for not drafting him.

  14. moolah954 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:56 PM

    Kiper wins the hair battle… his doo can survive a nuclear holocaust

  15. donterrelli says: Feb 22, 2012 3:58 PM

    Is there really a Mel Kiper Sr.? I wish he would tell his son to just cut that hair off.

  16. thompgk says: Feb 22, 2012 3:59 PM

    I don’t remember Cam Newton going after individuals who wronged him by name last year. If this guy is upset over that he has way too thin of skin to be QB1.

  17. granadafan says: Feb 22, 2012 4:00 PM

    When his career is done, RGIII has a great future in broadcasting. The guy is really honest and so well spoken. Let’s hope he doesn’t ruin things by becoming a politician.

  18. ebeg420 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:00 PM

    Kiper is as bad as boosters….oh wait, he is one!!!

  19. asw1028 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:04 PM

    Please, it’s all show. Kiper and McShay are no different than Bayless and Stephen Smith, little ESPN puppets who will put forth fake passion during useless arguments just to get people to watch. True NFL fans tune out that crap and look forward to watching a show like NFL matchup. I’d much rather learn about a team’s X’s and O’s strategy than listen to two idiots prattle on about Tom Brady’s haircut.

  20. espnfeedback says: Feb 22, 2012 4:07 PM

    Over the years Kiper has been relatively unbiased assessing multi-dimentional ‘athletic’ QB’s compared to the vast majority of draft gurus. But lets be honest thats not much of an accomplishment at all. But McShay is the absolute worst in assessing athletic QB’s. Check the record. Virtually without fail McShay takes one look at these guys and his first response is “He’s a WR or TE”. His next move is to go into the ESPN vault and find every mistake the kid has made in 3, 4 or 5 years to justify his point of view. I really expect the old school scouts et al to take this Marlon Briscoe/Warren Moon approach because…THEY’RE OLD. But someone who is from a younger generation to be so blinded by bias is alarming.

    @ESPNfeedback

  21. bullcharger says: Feb 22, 2012 4:15 PM

    In the September 26th, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated there was a huge article on RG3 touting him as the most exciting player in college football. He wasn’t exactly flying under the radar.

  22. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 22, 2012 4:15 PM

    Informed that Griffin had dissed him in his own house, McShay pulled his upper and lower lip inside out, made crazy eyes, and said “Ooo Eee Ooo Ahh Ah, Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang!”.

  23. theytukrjobs says: Feb 22, 2012 4:22 PM

    It is funny because RGIII’s athletic and running ability is often over rated imo. He didn’t attempt that many runs, nor did he average a lot of yards on those attempts. He’s fast and has a few crazy highlights but he’s not all that good of a runner, nothing like Cam Newton.

    His passing skills get ignored due to the fact that he is athletic. His accuracy, particularly downfield, is best in the draft. He can fit a ball into tight spots and simply doesn’t throw picks. You don’t put up the best passing statistics in the nation, by far, without having some passing ability.

  24. izzylangfan says: Feb 22, 2012 4:25 PM

    McShay should ask Mel how Kentwan Balmer is doing?

  25. papacrick says: Feb 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    Kiper also cursed the Lions for passing on Brady Quinn in favor of Calvin Johnson. Thank God he is not a GM.. He could’ve made Matt Millen look smart.

  26. cambodianbreastmilk says: Feb 22, 2012 4:38 PM

    McShay might be one of the dumbest guys on the planet. Whenever he talks, the TV gets put on mute. Not a huge Kiper fan either but if he’s just talking about talent or evaluating a player then he seems to do fairly well. It’s when he starts predicting their awesomeness, who they remind him of and how great they’ll be that he looks like a fool.

  27. kolipito says: Feb 22, 2012 4:41 PM

    since when is RG3′s accuracy questioned he had more touchdowns than incompletions thru week 9

  28. woski767 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:45 PM

    McShay got the job as an “analyst” because he was some kind of fantasy football guru. McShay couldn’t tell the difference between his a$$ and a hole in the ground.

  29. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 22, 2012 4:47 PM

    I have yet to figure out, what qualifys these Gomers as Draft Experts. If I could do it over again, I would have watched lots of college football, started my own list of player rankings then promoted myslef as a Guru. I would’ve prob still not cut it, since I have decent hair, and dont look like Herman Munster’s illegitimate Love Child.

  30. gameproper says: Feb 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    @znorseman you dnt prove s**t at the combine. you do it when the season starts

  31. jmart86 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:02 PM

    Mike Mayock blows both of those clowns away!

  32. ltrayn33 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:08 PM

    People never cease to amaze me when comparing Luck and Griffin. In 2011, Griffin was the most accurate QB in the NCAA. Everytime someone mentions Luck they say he doesnt have a great arm then mention how mobile he is in the pocket; they then mention RG3 as if he’s only a passer.

    As for Newton, he only broke the NFL rookie record by throwing for 4051 yards and ran for 706 yards. He’s the next Warren Moon except ALL of his stats will be in the NFL.

    Let’s judge the guys based on their body of work… For every Vince Young, Akili Smith or Jamarcus Russell there’s a Ryan Leaf, Cade Mcnown, Brady Quinn, Rex Grossman, Matt Leinart, Kyle Boller, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Tim Couch etc…

  33. phillyphever says: Feb 22, 2012 5:24 PM

    Who cares, Mayock outclass those ESPN clowns when it comes to draft time.

  34. artisan3m says: Feb 22, 2012 5:42 PM

    RGIII will prove himself the most talented QB in the draft ~ and he will do it where it matters, in the game. Luck gets the #1 nod because of the Stanford offensive scheme. But Griffin did his magic at Baylor ~ hardly a powerhouse by any stretch. Luck is good but Griffin is better. He will have to prove that and if you notice, he’s looking forward to doing just that. It may take some time as the Goobers who hold him at #2 will try to avoid admitting their mistake as long as possible.

  35. gb8534 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    I don’t see why this guy is being touted as a number 2 overall pick. Yeah, he can run and has a great arm… but the QB position is 90% throwing accuracy an mental toughness. QBs that come from gimmicky spread offenses and are known more for their running than their throwing, rarely do well at the NFL level. If this guy is such a great prospect and is as confident about being an elite passes as he claims to be, why is he electing not to throw at the combine? It is his chance to prove himself.
    ———————————————-
    I love when people post with absolutely no idea what they are talking about. znorseman, do you realize that he graduated college in 3 years and got a masters in his 4th? Do you realize that he completed over 72% of his passes and set an NCAA record for pass efficiency? The fact that he is also very fast does not make him inaccurate and dumb….these are not related. If the QB position is, as you say, 90% accuracy and mental toughness you are making a great case for RG3′s draft stock. Get a clue.

  36. omegaichiban says: Feb 22, 2012 6:37 PM

    @asw1028…nahh a couple of or two tree years ago, if you will, those two didn’t like each other and it showed on air. My guess is they told Todd to CTFD (calm the @#%* down) or else. Cam couldn’t say much out loud because he had baggage, RGIII has none 2 degrees and can say what he pleases. If I was him, I wouldn’t take the wonderlic…

  37. 3yardsndust says: Feb 22, 2012 6:39 PM

    Gotta say: I think Mayock does a decent job.

  38. njsteeler says: Feb 22, 2012 6:50 PM

    Let’s judge the guys based on their body of work… For every Vince Young, Akili Smith or Jamarcus Russell there’s a Ryan Leaf, Cade Mcnown, Brady Quinn, Rex Grossman, Matt Leinart, Kyle Boller, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Tim Couch etc…

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    Thank you…, Itrayn33!!!! I’m so sick of people on these threads grouping QB’s based on their race. Last year all you read on PFT leading up to the draft was that Cam Newton wasn’t ish, and would be the next JaMarcus Russell. Now I’m reading that Griffin is the Akilli Smith 2.0. Last year I saw people on these threads questioning Cam’s heart, and desire. I responded by saying that all those come from behind victories he executed in his lone year at Auburn, shouldn’t have even made his heart, and desire a question. Now it’s RGIII’s accuracy. Did you guys see any of his games last year? I did, and saw a very accurate passer. Look we all know that the draft is a crapshoot. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose! Let’s just see how things turn out once they enter the league, and begin playing. I do see a lot of people being forced to eat crow in regards to RGIII, just like I saw once Cam started playing. LOL!!! Loved it…

  39. jh500 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:04 PM

    “best skill set since John Elway”

    People are going to laugh when Andrew Lucks rookie season is NOWHERE near as good as Cam Newtons rookie season.

  40. zn0rseman says: Feb 22, 2012 7:52 PM

    gb8534 says:
    ———————————————-
    I love when people post with absolutely no idea what they are talking about. znorseman, do you realize that he graduated college in 3 years and got a masters in his 4th? Do you realize that he completed over 72% of his passes and set an NCAA record for pass efficiency? The fact that he is also very fast does not make him inaccurate and dumb….these are not related. If the QB position is, as you say, 90% accuracy and mental toughness you are making a great case for RG3′s draft stock. Get a clue.
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    I also love it when people post without having a clue what they are talking about… especially when it is arrogant Pack fan.

    Getting a masters degree does not make one mentally tough, let alone smart. Once you’ve grown up and spent some time in the real world, you’ll figure that out pretty quick. There is a HUGE difference between smart, and book smart.

    Second, gimmicky spread offenses artificially inflate completion percentage. This is a well known fact, yet every year a handful of dbags come out of the woodwork quoting stats about the completion percentage of some QB from a spread offense as though that stat proved something, which it does not. So while I appreciate your concern for my acquisition of a clue, I already have one, and I strongly suggest you concern yourself with getting one of your own.

    $0.02,

    –Z

  41. whatswiththehate says: Feb 22, 2012 8:09 PM

    babyhorsemorgan says:Feb 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    Newton had a good rookie season and won OROTY and was an alternate selection for the Pro Bowl. But Vince Young won both those honors in 2006, as well. It doesn’t change the standard for long term success in the league. I don’t think anyone questioned Newton’s physical skills going into the 2011 draft, the doubts were about his mental and emotional makeup. Like Young. We need a little more proof before saying everyone was wrong about Newton. Or Griffin.
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    Here is my response…Let’s judge the guys based on their body of work… For every Vince Young, Akili Smith or Jamarcus Russell there’s a Ryan Leaf, Cade Mcnown, Brady Quinn, Rex Grossman, Matt Leinart, Kyle Boller, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Tim Couch etc…

    Just for the record, the white QBs out number blacks by the ratio of 6 or 7 to 1. But let’s never deal with reality.

    Also, why is it that Cam and RG III were the QBs no one in the media gave much thought to leading up to the draft when they both won Heismans? Interesting.

    And finally, the only thing that stops you media folks from outwardly treating RG III like Cam was that you been there done that. There is no way in hell you are going to shamelessly label and sterotype another black QB after the way you justified your behavior towards Cam.

    Funny that when I read about RG III his GPA has to be mentioned as if being intelligent is an anormolly for blacks. Even funny is, we keep hearing how good this Andrew Luck kid is based on nothing more than his intelligence and pro-style background.

  42. gb8534 says: Feb 22, 2012 8:30 PM

    zn0rseman, you’re right, appears that a lot of people agree with your previous post….Sorry GB are actually initials, dont really care for the Packers. Exactly what was “gimmicky” about Baylor’s offense? This wasn’t Colt Brennan at Hawaii throwing the ball 60 times a game in the WAC, he threw the ball 30 times a game against some decent Big 12 defenses. I am not sure if you have ever watched him play but Griffin threw downfield more than any QB in college football this year, he had 18 TD’s over 35 yards this year. Sorry for using stats just trying to mix in a fact or two since you have yet to use one yourself.

  43. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    @whatswiththehate – Well, if you don’t like the comparison between Newton and Young for racial reasons, the same could be said for Ben Roethlisberger. Believe he won OROTY and went to Pro Bowl as well. Better rookie year overall than Newton. But that was pretty much the pinnacle of Ben’s career. Eli Manning won one game same year, had 47% compl, 55 passer rating. But who would you take now? Eli keeps getting better, Ben is stuck in a rut. Same reasons, he isn’t the brightest bulb on the tree and his emotional state is precarious.

  44. conjecture101 says: Feb 23, 2012 4:41 PM

    Todd McShay is a fascinating case. Anyone even casually involved in any aspect of football, from fan, to management, to coach has zero respect for this man, yet he is paid what is likely a large financial sum to give his seemingly worthless opinion on national television.

    Am I the only one who is completely baffled by this? How can someone with literally zero credibility be given the forum to spew his clueless opinions?

    What’s even more shocking is that McShay seems to have absolutely no clue what people think about him. It’s as if, in his mind, he actually believes he’s something special. He actually believes that his opinions are valued and taken seriously.

    I just don’t understand it. Someone please enlighten me.

  45. cover2blitz0 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:32 PM

    it must get old for mcshay being kipers whipping boy every year

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