NEW YORK | The NFL draft on Thursday represents a beginning and an end for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. It culminates years of training, and it also starts the professional career for which he has worked so relentlessly.
Griffin seems to have great respect for that transition. He has mentioned several times this week how challenging it will be to learn the Redskins’ offense and adjust to the pro game.
“As of Thursday at probably 8 and 8:10, me and Andrew [Luck] are two of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL because of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Eli - I could go on for days,” Griffin said at an NFL Play 60 event in Chelsea on Wednesday morning. “We’re back at the bottom of the totem pole. Maybe we won’t be the worst quarterbacks in the league, but by no means will we be 1, 2 at the top of the list. We know we’ve got to compete.”
His perspective also showed in how he characterized his budding relationship with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
“From what I received from it, it wasn’t a: ‘Hey Robert, I’m way up there and you’re down here. You need to listen to me,’” Griffin said. “It was more an eye-to-eye type of thing. I’ll never look him eye-to-eye because you’ve got to have that level of respect, but he’s definitely going to let me have some input and then make sure I’m comfortable because they want this to work. I told them, ‘Don’t baby me,’ but we’ll make it work.”