Quarterback Robert Griffin looks like he’s ready to taste the speed of the NFL game. There is now almost no doubt that he will no longer be available beyond the second pick in this year’s draft in April. As he proved to any skeptics his strength, speed and smarts for the NFL are all there. Did I say speed? Yes, he is incredibly fast for a quarterback, and he proved that in Indianapolis this weekend.
The blazing Griffin ran two 40-yard dashes with unofficial times of 4.38 and 4.41 seconds and posted a 39-inch vertical jump. The Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor is not taking part in quarterback drills, but he displayed enough athleticism that any team wanting to draft him will almost certainly have to trade up to the No. 2 spot
The St. Louis Rams currently hold the card on the table with the pick second in April’s draft, but with Sam Bradford already under contract they’ll likely be looking to move down and pick up a bounty in return.
There are several teams most likely to try to make their best offer to grab him on draft day. Griffin likely will be taken No. 2 overall because the St. Louis Rams are brokering the pick to the highest bidder among the quarterback-starved teams.
The Cleveland Browns at No. 4 and Washington Redskins at No. 6 are potential trading partners among with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.
“When you talk about the Michael Vicks or the Cam Newtons or the athletic quarterbacks, this is the best throwing athlete I’ve seen come out in awhile,” NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said. “Far better than Michael Vick in my opinion. Far better than Cam Newton. … This guy has a pure a throwing motion for an athletic quarterback. Clearly has the intelligence to transition. I’m very intrigued with his potential in the NFL.”
Wow, is something we all said. We needed someone to intrigue us at the NFL combine and a speedster at the quarterback position with an arm to follow him is great news for any team that decides to snatch him in the NFL draft come April.