Robert Griffin separated himself from the rest of the field this year and won the prestigious Heisman Trophy. But the Baylor quarterback is only a junior, so he can either go to the NFL or return to Waco for his senior season.
The smart move for him, no matter how much fans of the Bears might hate it, is for him to move on to the NFL. Here are three reasons why.
Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles stole the show, but Kendall Wright was one of the best receivers in the Big 12 and in the country. His production has steadily gone up every year, and he is second in the nation this year in receiving yards.
Ganaway is 14th in the country in rushing yards, and that has been the only thing keeping opposing defenses honest. Without either of these guys, the odds of Griffin having another season like this drop way down.
For everything good Baylor’s offense has done this year, the defense has been equally bad. It is giving up over 475 yards and 35 points per game. Only two teams, Texas and Stephen F. Austin, have scored less than 30 points on the Bears.
Auburn’s defense wasn’t fantastic last year, but it held when necessary. Phil Bennett brings a lot of pedigree, but things are not going to improve that much in a year. The Big 12 may not have the greatest year next year, but no one is going to win the conference with that bad of a defense.
RG3 is 6’1”, and for an NFL quarterback, that is not good enough. Why no one is talking about this is beyond me, but at some point people are going to question how much of his talent is going to realistically translate into the NFL.
With so little left on the team for next year, his numbers are going to go down and so will his draft stock. Todd McShay has him as the 12th best overall prospect, and that is far and away the highest his measurables are going to let him go.
There is no realistic chance for Baylor to make a run for the national or Big 12 championship next year. Griffin needs to make the smart decision and head to the NFL.