NFL Draft 2012: Von Miller's Comments About Robert Griffin III Are Rubbish

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor looks on during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Every once in a while somebody says something about a top prospect that boggles the mind.

Baylor's Robert Griffin III is the victim of such rubbish leading up to the 2012 NFL draft, and it's beginning to get tiring.

Griffin, who was just called selfish, by an unnamed scout no less, faced criticism from Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller on Friday, who went No. 2 overall last year en route to a spectacular rookie campaign.

Said Miller, via Pro Football Weekly:

“He can throw the ball pretty well, and he’s fast. But if you hit him enough times, he’s going to wear down. He can run and throw, but I wouldn’t put him in that same class as [Michael] Vick, Cam [Newton] or [Josh] Freeman.”

Miller played for Texas A&M, and Ryan Tannehill is being projected in the top 10 this year, so it makes sense that Miller would indirectly try to boost Tannehill's draft stock. But you don't needlessly knock another prospect. Griffin doesn't deserve this, and, frankly, none of it's true.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos reacts to a play against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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This is sadly what happens before every draft. Remember, Cam Newton's character was questioned last year leading up to the draft, and he ended up being a true leader in his first year in the league. When you possess the upside that some of these prospects have, there will always be the haters. But some people are taking it too far, saying things everyone knows aren't true. 

Prospects must be thoroughly analyzed before the draft—it's only the nature of the business. But people are beginning to make claims just to make claims, with no basis whatsoever. It's unprofessional, low and unfair to the players who have worked so hard to get to this point.

Miller owes Griffin an apology. He most certainly will be sorry when he faces Griffin down the line.


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