The fact that the Redskins reportedly will visit twice per week with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has raised questions regarding the limits of the interaction with potential draft picks. But as Albert Breer of NFL Network explains it, the Redskins may visit with a draft prospect on campus on multiple occasions.
“There is no issue,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Breer. “College-eligible players can be timed, tested and interviewed in their hometown or college town. And it can be done on more than one occasion. It is standard procedure. All clubs do it.”
Far stricter limits apply to visits to team headquarters. A player can go there once, with up to 30 total players visiting, apart from the one day each year on which teams may host an unlimited number of prospects with local ties.
At a certain point, however, the NFL could intervene. At a certain point, the Redskins also would have to worry that always-unpredictable Colts owner Jim Irsay would decide to pick Griffin over Andrew Luck, even if Griffin wants to go to the Redskins.
“It wouldn’t scare him off,” former Colts coach Tony Dungy told PFT Live on Friday regarding Irsay’s willingness to take Griffin, even if Griffin prefer to play in Washington.
It was Irsay and the Colts, after all, who threw everyone a curve ball in 1999, making Edgerrin James the first running back off the board in the year that everyone assumed Ricky Williams would be the top tailback. Still, if Irsay takes anyone other than Luck, that would be a shock.
Almost as big a shock as if, say, someone had told us last year at this time that Irsay would cut Peyton Manning.