2012 NFL Draft: Why Robert Griffin III's Selfish Attitude Will Doom His Career

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent 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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We've seen it happen to top prospective quarterbacks before as well as former Heisman Trophy winners, and that's a poor NFL career.

Well, Robert Griffin III could be headed down that Ryan Leaf/JaMarcus Russell path this upcoming season.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, some scouts fear for RG3's tangibles and his attitude:

"Everybody is just assuming because of the Heisman and the socks and all that b.s. . . . they are ignoring a lot of bad tape that he's had," a third scout said. "I don't think he has vision or pocket feel, which to me are the two most important components of quarterbacking. He's just running around winging it.

Another scout was quoted thereafter in saying:

A fourth scout said. "The only way he gets big plays with his feet is if he's got a wide-open field and the sea opens for him. He's got a little bit of a selfish streak, too. Everybody was laying on Cam, but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn't treat anybody good." Another scout also questioned the way Griffin deals with people.

Considering football is a team game and communication is of absolute importance, a selfish attitude doesn't make the transitioning of tangible attributes any easier. Griffin didn't play in a pro-style system at Baylor, so it's reasonable to say that his numbers were inflated.

Andrew Luck's or Kirk Cousins' numbers aren't going to be nearly as high, because both spent a lot of time under center and played in run-oriented offenses.

Despite ranking No. 10 in rush offense last season, 699 yards came from RG3. Take those away as you would for any pro-style quarterback and Baylor's average drops from 235 to 181 rushing yards per game.

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As for RG3's supposed selfish attitude, that will either change or doom his pro career. He's expected to get selected by Washington at No. 2 overall and the Redskins have some personnel that can humble Griffin.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has three Super Bowl rings (two as a head coach) and receiver Pierre Garcon played in Super Bowl XLIV for Indianapolis in 2009. Then on defense, there's veteran linebacker London Fletcher whose played in two Super Bowls and won one.

If none of this affects RG3 coming into the NFL and what it takes to develop into that upper-echelon of players, he'll be gone quicker than he entered.

Lest we forget, but Griffin wasn't largely known from a national stage like Luck heading into the 2011 season. He exploded onto the scene early in the year and Baylor football was on the map.

Perhaps everything has happened so fast for RG3, because super-stardom has revealed shock-and-awe from quarterbacks before.

Take Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell for example.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after calling a time out during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by
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Leaf went No. 2 overall back in 1998 and Russell went No. 1 overall in 2007. Neither had long NFL careers and are arguably the two biggest bust in league history.

So the pressure of sorts being not only an NFL quarterback, but a top prospect can be attributed to a lackluster performance.

For RG3's and Washington's sake however, let's hope the kid removes all doubt like Cam Newton did during his rookie campaign.

Otherwise, the Redskins will have to revert back to Rex Grossman.

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