Valero Alamo Bowl: RGIII Proves NFL Worth in Thrilling Shootout

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears passesl against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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When you're the Heisman Trophy winner, it's a title that carries a lot of weight, and many players have crumbled under it, crushing their draft stock.

Robert Griffin III is not one of those players. 

In his first game since winning college football's highest individual honor, the Baylor quarterback didn't disappoint as he carved Washington up from start to finish. Griffin went 24-of-33 through the air, amassing 295 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, the Heisman winner continued to carve up the defense, rushing for 55 yards and another score.

The Bears needed every yard, as they had to deal with a very game Huskies squad that went score for score, escaping with 67-56 victory. All eyes were on Griffin, and he impressed, as he kept his composure while Washington stormed back after an early barrage to take a sizable lead. These are the qualities NFL teams are looking for.

Andrew Luck may be the top quarterback in this year's draft class, but Griffin III isn't far behind on the draft board, and could find himself selected in the top 10 this spring if he throws his hat in the ring. You're telling me that a team like Miami or Washington would pass on the dynamic quarterback? I have a hard time believing that.

Griffin III is everything you'd want from the face of your franchise. He is a class act on and off of the field, is an athlete in every sense of the word and is a pure playmaker. Obviously there are rough edges to his game, such as playing from under center, but these are things that can be corrected at the pro level.

It may have been against a porous Washington defense, but it was an amazing performance nonetheless, and Griffin III should be commended for living up to the Heisman hype. We had watched him do amazing things all year long, and somehow he saved his best performance for last.

If Griffin III makes the move to the next level, teams at the top of the draft order will by eagerly awaiting his arrival.