The praise from everyone on planet earth for Baylor QB Robert Griffin III has been nearly universal. He can’t miss! He might be better than Andrew Luck! He killed the Combine! He’s got a howitzer where his arm should be, the stats love him, he’s athletic, and on and on. The Redskins proceeded to give up two future No. 1 draft picks to get Griffin. (Yes, they grossly overpaid.)
Here’s what one NFL scout told Bob McGinn of the Journal-Sentinel about Griffin:
“Everybody is just assuming because of the Heisman and the socks and all that bs. . . . they are ignoring a lot of bad tape that he’s had,” a third scout said. “I don’t think he has vision or pocket feel, which to me are the two most important components of quarterbacking. He’s just running around winging it. He’s (Michael) Vick, but not as good a thrower.”
I’ll be shocked if Griffin has anywhere near the career of Mike Vick.
“As much as is written about his athleticism, his athleticism under duress in the pocket isn’t even close to Cam Newton’s. This guy, the only way he gets big plays with his feet is if he’s got a wide-open field and the sea opens for him. He’s got a little bit of a selfish streak, too. Everybody was laying on Cam, but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn’t treat anybody good.” Another scout also questioned the way Griffin deals with people.
And finally, Cam Newton has entered the discussion. Last year at this time, scouts and pundits were savaging Cam Newton. Destroying him. He went out and had the greatest rookie season in NFL QB history. Griffin has been considered Cam-lite – he’s smaller and played in a weaker conference, but both are mobile, athletic, non-traditional QBs. Are those same scouts and pundits laying off Griffin out of fear of being wrong again? [Journal-Sentinel]