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Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III takes questions on Friday at the NFL scouting combine. On what he'd say if a team asked, 'Who are you?': "That sounds like a paper from my English class. ... I'm just really excited to show them who I am as a person -- happy-go-lucky, like to make people laugh, but know when to be serious as well." On the Cleveland Browns possibly falling in love with him: "I hope somebody falls in love with me, other than my fiance. You want a team that really wants you, the head coach, GM, owner, everybody." On his upbringing: "Military kid, so both my parents were in the military. Mom did 12 years, Dad did 21, served in two wars, so discipline was something that was obviously huge. If you say you are going to do something, you do it. If you start it, you finish it. Yes sir, no maam. You gotta have that kind of structure in your life. It kind of helped me be that disciplined person I am, whether it's with workouts, film or just the game of football." On possibly playing behind Peyton Manning: "I would embrace it. It's not very often you get chances to be on a team with a legend like that and learn from a guy like Peyton. I'd come in to compete to be that starter, but I wouldn't be upset if Peyton Manning was the starting quarterback on the team that I was on. I'd hold that clipboard with pride."
This isn't simply a shot at Griffin (and it's worth noting that he passed his biggest combine test on Friday by measuring out over 6-foot-2). The tape shows he's a serious talent. And if you don't trust the late riser, the guy who went from September afterthought to January first-round lock, just look back one year, then consider where Cam Newton is today.
But knowing the supply of talent is scarce, it's one thing to draft Griffin if he's there for the taking at say, No. 4 (Cleveland Browns), No. 6 (Washington Redskins) or No. 9 (Miami Dolphins), and it's another to get in a bidding war and trade a lot of value or future picks. It's also not like Griffin is free once you get him -- the No. 2 pick this year is in line to receive about $23 million in guarantees.