Robert Griffin III to Redskins: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 26, 2012

Heisman Trophy winner. Conqueror of Texas and Oklahoma. Franchise quarterback.

There's not much Robert Griffin III hasn't accomplished in the last year, as he took Baylor from a dormant football program to a Big 12 superpower, almost single-handedly. The man they call RG3 has the tools to be one of the NFL's most electric and productive players at the position.

Ignore the running ability first, because Griffin is much more than a rushing threat. The comparisons you'll hear to Michael Vick and Cam Newton are off base, as RG3 is much more of a pocket passer than either of those two were coming out of college. RG3's footwork in the pocket isn't great when he's asked to get depth off the snap, but he has the quickness and agility to quickly learn the fundamentals of a five- or seven-step drop.

Watching RG3's arm, it's easy to be impressed. He has a super-quick release with a clean release point, and amazing follow through. He backs that up with elite arm strength and zip when throwing to all levels. His touch on deep throws is scary good.

Griffin is talked up as a runner, but the most exciting aspect of his game isn't what he does outside the pocket, but the throws he makes from all over the field.

Griffin has the athletic ability and arm to be an elite starter early in his NFL career.

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The Redskins gave up a lot to grab their quarterback of the future, but if RGIII is able to translate his considerable gifts into success at the NFL level, Washington will finally have their franchise quarterback. However, as Griffin said himself, first he'll need to beat out Rex Grossman.