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Baylor QB Robert Griffin's prayers were answered to the tune of possibly the fastest 40 yard dash ever turned in by a true quarterback prospect at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Andrew Luck's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine might have been a little on the ridiculous side, considering the type of prospect he is, but Robert Griffin truly blew the doors off Lucas Oil Stadium.
Do not let my keeping Luck as the first overall pick detract from Griffin's performance. He did what he aimed to do.
His "official" 4.41 second result in the 40-yard dash is the second fastest "official" result for a quarterback in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine. The fastest quarterback to time in Indianapolis, Reggie McNeal, was quickly moved to wide receiver by the Cincinnati Bengals.
In my book, that makes Robert Griffin officially the fastest quarterback to ever participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.
He did not stop at the 40-yard dash, though. He also produced a 39-inch vertical leap, which ranks second only to Josh Portis among quarterback combine participants since 2000.
Portis was a rookie in 2011, serving as the Seattle Seahawks' third stringer at the position the entire year. Whether he fizzles, or goes on to actually start a game, only time will tell. A better comparison for Griffin would be Daunte Culpepper's 39-inch vertical in the 1999 NFL Scouting Combine.
Those that actually saw Griffin's broad jump should have been able to see that the measure (10'0") did not accurately describe his explosiveness. The measure itself is highly impressive, among the top fifth or sixth percentile of quarterbacks that have participated in the new millennium.
But if you watched, Mike Mayock correctly observed that his technique was a little off in that he translated a little too much of his explosiveness vertically rather than horizontally. He exploded impressively, but if he had not jumped so high he probably would have jumped farther.
A team taking Robert Griffin will know that there really has never been a quarterback with the size, speed and explosiveness profile of the latest product of Art Briles' offense.
Even though Michael Vick ran a 4.35 second 40-yard dash privately for the Atlanta Falcons (which is not an apples-to-apples measure with the "official" numbers out of the NFL Scouting Combine), Vick did so at 6'0" and 210 lbs. Robert Griffin showed up at the combine nearly 6'2.5" and a rocked-up 223 lbs.
I have the St. Louis Rams taking Griffin at this pick. Do I expect him to end up with the Rams? No. However, if we're living a world where performance at the NFL Scouting Combine counts tremendously toward your final grade, then I think there is no chance Griffin slides beyond this pick.