Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will be heading to the NFL at the top of the 2012 draft, but that doesn’t mean that everyone’s a fan. Earlier this week an unnamed scout called him selfish and doubted the effectiveness of his athleticism against a professional NFL defense.
The scout said:
“He’s got a little bit of a selfish streak… Everybody was laying on Cam (Newton), but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn’t treat anybody good… As much as is written about his athleticism, his athleticism under duress in the pocket isn’t even close to Cam Newton’s. This guy, 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.”
Another scout added that Griffin III’s Heisman Trophy does not mean that he’s guaranteed to be a star in the NFL. The scout said:
“Everybody is just assuming because of the Heisman and the socks and all that BS… they are ignoring a lot of bad tape that he’s had. 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. He’s (Michael) Vick, but not as good a thrower.”
Griffin III said that he wasn’t surprised about the criticism. According to the former Baylor Bear, the criticism will probably get worse as the draft gets closer. Griffin III said:
“When the draft gets closer, everybody’s going to try and find something wrong with you to try and pull you down, so I’m not going to sit here and argue that, well that guy is dead wrong. But I think the people that know me — and even in the people in the media have seen — know I’m not a selfish guy. You know you don’t have to fight your own battles — let other people fight them for you… That’s about all I can say about that. I heard it, but it’s not something I’m going to address.”
Andrew Luck is expected to go number one during the NFL draft while Griffin III will likely be picked second by the Washington Redskins.
NFL Network chief draft analyst Mike Mayock told USA Today that the Redskins don’t have anything to worry about if they pick Griffin III.
“I have not seen any of those red flags… What I saw on tape that I liked from a character perspective is his ability to win close games … (and) the way his teammates seemed to rally around him at his pro day in Waco. I think he’s got a naturally charismatic personality that will draw players to him. I think wide receivers are already lining up to try and play in Washington with him.”
What do you think of Robert Griffin III?