2012 NFL Draft: Analyzing Robert Griffin III's Game and Adjustments He Must Make

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 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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Robert Griffin III has endured a great amount of success already, but as he enters the NFL, the potential for the Heisman Trophy winner to dominate is sky-high. 

Of course, there are some weaknesses to his game, but the same can be said for every prospect trying to make it in the NFL.

Nobody is perfect, especially quarterbacks. 

It's no secret that Griffin is likely to be the No. 2 pick in the draft behind Andrew Luck, and that for the rest of his career, he is going to be compared to the former Stanford Cardinal. 

The Washington Redskins are about to get a very dangerous athlete, capable of beating teams with his arm and his legs. As a dual-threat star, many expect Griffin to put on a show each time he takes the field, which is something he may struggle with at first. 

There's no denying that Griffin has the talent to make it and be a star in this league, and I know I'm not the only one who can't wait for it all to unfold. 

With that said, here's a breakdown of Griffin's game and what aspects he needs to adjust as he presses on in the NFL. 



Griffin displays a great feel and understanding of the game. He knows how to win and thrive in high-pressure situations, which is just one of the many things that makes him an enticing prospect. 

Of course, Griffin's mobility in the pocket and past the line of scrimmage are superb and the first thing most folks notice about him. The former Baylor Bear has track-star speed, running a 4.41 40-yard-dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

In addition to great speed and agility that helps him extend plays and make something out of nothing, Griffin has tremendous arm strength. His smooth release and powerful arm have resulted in some amazing throws during his career, and we're sure to see a ton more in his NFL career.   

What's amazing about Griffin—and scary at the same time—is the fact he gets better with each offseason. At Baylor, he improved with each year, and that will continue to happen in the NFL. 

Griffin is a down-to-earth, humble guy—evidence of this can be seen in Bleacher Report's NFL Draft 365 video interview with RGIII. 



First and foremost, Griffin needs to improve on his accuracy. It's not terrible by any means, but it could be a lot better. 

He doesn't appear to be comfortable taking snaps under center, which could lead to problems in the NFL. Running the play action is huge in the NFL, and being able to sell it well enough isn't easy at the next level. 

Another area that's not a strong suit for Griffin is reading the defense. In the NFL, quarterbacks need to be able to go with the flow and adjust on the fly, which can be difficult for a guy who's having a hard time reading the defense and identifying the blitz.  

Durability is also a weakness for RGIII, as he has taken some big hits throughout his career because of his tendency to run. Sure, all players are subject to injury in this brutal game, but having a past littered with injuries isn't a good sign.

Griffin tore his ACL in 2009 and also suffered from concussion-like symptoms this past season, causing him to miss the second half of the Texas Tech game. 


Moving Forward 

Every prospect must adjust their game as they transition into the NFL. For Griffin, the first thing he needs to improve upon is reading the defense. 

Understanding what it is his opponent is about to do will help him develop into one of the NFL's elites. If he can tackle this and nail it during his rookie season, the sky's the limit for RGIII. 

Another adjustment Griffin needs to make as he embarks on this new journey is not relying on his athleticism too much. There will be times when it looks as though the play is broken and Griffin will want to run downfield. 

However, he'll need to stand firm in the pocket to let the play develop, simply because it will allow him to be a better all-around QB. He has to fix his mindset to where his first instinct at the smallest sign of trouble isn't to panic. 

Just about every adjustment Griffin needs to make can be completed with great coaching. He's going to listen to those in charge and take the necessary steps to get better.

One area that coaches can't teach Griffin is on being tougher and withstanding the big hits. While RGIII took some nasty hits in college, they're nothing like what he will experience in the NFL, especially if he's in the NFC East.

DeMarcus Ware, Jason Babin and Jason Pierre-Paul are just a few guys who will be gunning for him. 

Griffin has all the tools to excel at the next level, and with a little coaching and time, the collegiate star will transform into a bona fide NFL superstar. 

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