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Cleveland Browns NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III came into his junior season with virtually no expectations, and he really blew everyone away with his performance. As a redshirt junior, Griffin displayed all the tools you look for in a franchise quarterback. He is poised, intelligent, insanely accurate, clutch, and he has a heck of an arm. For a majority of the season, Griffin III has been a Heisman candidate, and he actually came away with the first annual NFL Draft Expert Heisman Award, which was voted on by some of the most well-known and best NFL Draft experts on the web.

One of the things that I love the most about Griffin is his versatility. Like I mentioned before, he had a historic season in 2011 in terms of accuracy, but not only that, he has track star speed. He is an elite dual-threat quarterback and if he were Cam Newton’s size, there wouldn’t be any question in my mind he would be the top overall prospect in this entire draft. He makes good decisions, he has a strong arm, and he can make every NFL throw. Unlike other quarterbacks with his rare speed, Griffin likes to win games out of the pocket, and he’s extremely comfortable as a pocket passer. He’s still not experienced in a “pro-style” offense, but the kid is already in graduate school and has aspirations of going to Law school someday.

PROS: Smart, instinctive, clutch, strong arm, accurate, makes good decisions, athletic ability, track-star speed, size isn’t great, but good enough to be a dominant NFL player.

CONS: Hasn’t had experience in a pro-style offense, a little quick through his progressions, but with his plus Football IQ that’ll improve, forces a few too many throws especially on the move (but other wise makes great decisions), he could actually probably run more or throw it away

Player Comparison: Steve Young

Projected Round: 1st

BOTTOM LINE: Griffin has the potential to be a very rare prospect and could turn out to be the best and most entertaining player in this entire draft. If he continues to improve, I think the sky is the limit for this guy, and he could turn out to be a perennial Pro Bowler.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.