2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

by Cory J. Bonini on March 16, 2012 @ 13:45:32 PDT

 


Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III enters the 2012 NFL Draft as the No. 2 rated quarterback on most boards.

The 2011 Heisman Trophy Award winner took the nation by storm, finishing with 4,293 passing yards, 37 aerial scores, six interceptions thrown and a 72.4 percent completion rate. Griffin added 699 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
RG3 has folks buzzing

Strengths

  • Very intelligent - currently working on his master's degree
  • Smart with the football - one interception per 70 attempts at Baylor
  • Extremely athletic - may be the best athlete regardless of position
  • Productive through the air and on the ground
  • Fantastic speed for the position (4.41-second 40-yard dash)
  • Stands tall in the pocket and is willing to take a hit
  • Works through his progressions well
  • Quick release, quality throwing motion
  • Strong arm to make all of the NFL throws
  • Accurate, with a pretty deep pass
  • Poised under pressure
  • Uses effective body fakes in the open field to elude defenders
  • Tremendous upside

Weaknesses

  • Struggles reading defenses - needs to work on his pre-snap defensive recognition
  • Lean frame (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) could lead to injuries in the pros
  • At times, relies too much on his raw athleticism
  • Shaky footwork
  • Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2009
  • Mostly played from a spread offense

Expected draft placement

Griffin is headed to the Washington Redskins following their trade with the St. Louis Rams to land the selection. After giving up so much to land the pick, it would be completely illogical for the Redskins to draft a different player at No. 2.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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