Robert Griffin III Reportedly Will Declare for 2012 NFL Draft
Robert Griffin III had one of the greatest seasons in the history of Baylor football in 2011, leading the program to 10 wins and adding a Heisman trophy along the way. It won't happen again, because ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Griffin is going to enter the NFL Draft.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star Telegram has talked to a Baylor that there is no official announcement scheduled and that the school has no knowledge of Griffin's decision.
The news does not come as a surprise. There have been rumblings about Griffin turning pro ever since Baylor defeated Washington in the Alamo Bowl. He had nothing more to prove in college, nor was he going to improve his stock to NFL teams.
Plus, with USC's Matt Barkley and Oklahoma's Landry Jones going back to school, Griffin is all but guaranteed to be the second quarterback taken after Andrew Luck. He could possibly go in the top five, depending on trades and what the Cleveland Browns decide to do.
Griffin does have his share of supporters. Tony Dungy has said that if he had the No. 1 pick, he would take Griffin over Luck.
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That is certainly high praise, but it is not likely to happen. Still, going in the top five of the NFL Draft is nothing to sneeze at.
Griffin does have his flaws, though. He has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long and has shown a propensity for fumbling the ball.
He picked the right time to have his best season and enter the NFL Draft. There is not a lot of quarterback depth after Luck, and one great season in college football can make you the star of a draft class.
It will be interesting to see how his stock changes, if at all, throughout the process, just to see how much of what he was able to do was a product of Baylor's offense and weak Big 12 defenses. We will find out at the NFL Combine in February.
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