Robert Griffin III insists he’s a passer first, hopes Colts don’t pass first
|02.24.12 at 2:35 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has been rocking crazy socks since he was a sophomore in high school.
“I’ve got on Ninja Turtles on today,” Griffin said, pulling up his pant leg to reveal his socks.
Ranked as this draft’s second-best quarterback, Griffin won’t be knocking anybody’s socks off this weekend at the combine. He’s chosen not to throw, a decision he made based on the unfamiliarity he has with the receivers with whom he’d be working.
Yet despite his decision not to throw, the Heisman winner wants everyone that he will throw — and throw often — in the NFL.
“I think there’s just a misconception that comes with being a dual-threat quarterback that you run first and throw second,” he said. “I think I’ve proven that I’m throw-first and then will run if I need to.”
In his redshirt junior year, Griffin amassed 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns in the air and 699 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. He can obviously excel with his feet, but what about when he gets to the next level? Successful college scrambling quarterbacks have had a harder time relying on their feet in the NFL. Luckily for Griffin, he doesn’t think of himself that way.
“I’m a quarterback, so I’ve just got the throw the ball,” he said. “Running’s extra.”
Griffin measured in at 6-foot-2 3/8 and 223 pounds, and we have him projected to go fourth overall to the Browns in our mock draft. He said he believes he is the best quarterback in the draft, and that though he has lots of respect for Stanford’s Andrew Luck, he wants to be the top pick. He hasn’t heard from the Colts yet, but he expects to.
“As competitors, we both want to be the best. Whether I go No. 1 or not, it’s not going to change who I am, it’s not going to change my confidence. But I’d be a fool to say I don’t want to go No. 1 in the draft.”
The 22-year-old said he looks forward to explaining Baylor’s offense to the NFL teams. He played out of the shotgun a lot, but feels he’s just fine under center.
“[I want to show them] that our offense isn’t simple, that it’s not the traditional spread, where we’re in shotgun all the time’¦ although we are in shotgun a lot. So was Tom Brady and Eli Manning in the Super Bowl, but that’s beside the point,” he said with a grin. “Just that it’s not a simple offense. I’m not going to try to make it seem difficult, but I’ll explain it to them.”