Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Gauging Robert Griffin III's NFL prospects
By ESPN.com staff
Robert Griffin III's landed back at the forefront of the college football landscape after a big game against Oklahoma on Saturday, but what's the tape say?
Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench offers up a few scouting grades based on what he's seen all season.
You'll need ESPN Insider to see the whole thing, but here's a taste of what the scouts are saying.
Note: Grades are on a scale of 1-5, with 1 as the highest.
Mental makeup: 2
Griffin is good in this area, but there is room for improvement. He could have done a better job of anticipating some throws and tried to throw across his body while rolling out at times. There are also concerns about his ability to transition from a spread attack to a pro-style offense, but against the Sooners the positives outweighed the negatives.
Griffin showed he can recognize pressure and find the open man when his protection gets outnumbered.
Agreed. The one thing about Griffin that's fairly obvious: He's a smart guy. Coaches at the next level won't have difficulty getting him to grasp new concepts or altering the way he plays as necessary.
Griffin completed 21 of 34 passes against Oklahoma and was inconsistent in this area. He missed the strike zone both downfield and underneath. On the other hand, most of his problems stem from inconsistent footwork. He showed he can hit receivers in stride when attacking underneath and drop the ball in downfield when his feet are set and he can follow through.
Griffin's solid. He's not bad in any particular area, but from what I've seen, the area he could grow most in is mid-range throws. He's as good deep as anyone. The best thing, though? You can count on him to make the throws he has to make: Easy throws. He's really consistent there, and that's a necessity in the NFL.
Release/arm strength: 2
While his accuracy suffers when his footwork isn't sound, he has enough juice in his arm to zip the ball into tight spaces even when he isn't able to step into his throws. He can also drive the ball downfield and take the top off defenses. In terms of his release, he can get the ball from A to B quickly and alter his launch point without losing effectiveness.
Especially true on short throws. You saw on the game-winner, too. Even when he's not set, he can fling it deep. The velocity he has on the ball is as good as any you'll see.
Lots more in the full story, including breakdowns of plays that exemplify each category. Check it out.