It became big news a couple weeks ago when Baylor quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III declined a private workout with the Indianapolis Colts, who hold the top pick in tonight's NFL Draft. Based on the circumstances surrounding the situation, however, there is no question that RGIII made the right move.
According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, Griffin felt as though his decision to refuse a private workout with the Colts ultimately made them lean in the direction of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who the organization has already said it will take with the first-overall selection.
They offered me a private workout and we refused. I didn’t do any private workouts for anybody, Griffin said, according to The Washington Post. After that, I think feelings might’ve been hurt or something like that. I went to D.C. on a visit and (Indianapolis) didn’t offer a visit at all, and so we kind of knew what direction they were going. But Andrew’s their guy. You can’t be mad about that.
While not doing the workout may have cost Griffin a chance at the top pick in his mind, I can't imagine that there was ever any true doubt that the Colts would take Luck over RGIII. Griffin is a rare and immense talent at the quarterback position, but Luck has been considered the top prospect in college football for the past two years and perhaps the best signal caller to enter the draft since Peyton Manning.
With all of that working in Luck's favor, there wasn't much point in Griffin going through the motions. It's not even like he went out of his way to spurn the Colts to begin with, though, as he even said that he didn't do a private workout for any team. That was obviously something that he and his advisers decided on, and there is nothing wrong with him sticking to his guns.
Did Griffin make the right decision in declining a private workout with the Colts?
I wouldn't say that either party should be blamed for anything in this instance, but the Colts didn't invite Griffin for a visit, so it isn't as if they showed a great deal of commitment either. The whole process was basically a big charade and every observer knew it as Luck has been the consensus top pick all along, even after Griffin's magical 2011 season.
The Colts have clearly always favored Luck over Griffin, but the Washington Redskins obviously had every intention of taking Griffin when they traded up from No. 6 to No. 2 a couple months ago. The Redskins have been committed to Griffin throughout the process since they have always known that Luck will be gone, and Griffin has returned that commitment.
Even if Griffin believed that the Colts might actually take him, it doesn't change the fact that he didn't do anything wrong. Griffin had a personal policy when it came to private workouts and he stuck to that policy. People can question his motives all they want, but I simply don't view this whole situation as a slight of the Colts.
All of this will pretty much be forgotten by the end of the night as Griffin will be a Redskin and Luck will be a Colt, and that is the way it should be. Luck is the top player in the draft and Griffin is No. 2, so there shouldn't be any hurt feelings whatsoever between the Colts and RGIII. Both players figure to have outstanding careers with their respective teams, so everyone should be happy with their decisions throughout this process.