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Sunday, February 26, 2012
Putting RG3's speed in perspective

By Jamison Hensley

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III wowed scouts this morning at the NFL combine where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.

If his official time comes in under 4.4, he'll be the only quarterback other than Michael Vick to run that fast at the combine (Vick was clocked at 4.33 seconds), according to ESPN's Steve Muench. His time is impressive considering the average for quarterbacks over the last four combines was 4.90 and Cam Newton clocked 4.59 last year.

Many believe RG3 secured going No. 2 overall in the draft after dazzling everyone with his speed, which will force either the Cleveland Browns or Washington Redskins to trade up to the St. Louis Rams' spot. I don't really think this showing will factor too much in the decision.

My thinking was that RG3 was going No. 2 overall unless he slipped up at the combine. But he only solidified himself in Indianapolis by measuring 6 feet 2, impressing reporters with an engaging interview and running a scintillating time in the 40-yard dash.

When teams like the Browns and Redskins are considering moving up that high in the draft, I don't think they'll be looking back at this 40 time. It's not about how fast a quarterback can run. It's how quickly he can assimilate to the speed of the game. It's about making the fast reads to find the open receiver.

Teams can get a feel for that through talking to the quarterbacks at the combine interview sessions. I would say teams want a fast learner more than a fast quarterback. But it would certainly be a great package if the quarterback is both.