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Ryan Griffin's name wasn't one on the tongue of many draft analysts headed into the 2013 draft. Of course it makes sense, since Griffin came from a Tulane program that's been the in the doldrums for the better part of the past decade.
Griffin was unable to push them up the board of prestigious college football programs in his four years at the Uptown school.
Still, Griffin shows a lot of promise as an NFL prospect. He is intelligent, has a grasp of what the Saints are trying to do offensively and has the best accuracy of any quarterback in the 2013 class.
To that end, Griffin's ball placement is uncanny. Even Drew Brees might be jealous of the way Griffin places the ball exactly where his receiver needs it on any given pass. Like Brees, he also has great pocket presence and ability to step up in the pocket and into a throw.
Granted, Griffin struggles to sling the ball with much velocity, unless he really steps into a throw, which is noticeable when he does. But his arm strength can improve with greater attention to his mechanics (which are raw as he has quite a long delivery) and strength.
His ability to make good decisions, look for receivers and locate the ball will endear him to Sean Payton, Pete Carmichael and quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi immediately.