Robert Griffin III: Back to Baylor or on to NFL draft?
NEW YORK — Robert Griffin III’s four years at Baylor have included a serious knee injury, 46 school records, the best season the Bears have had in decades, and now a Heisman Trophy.
He has one more season of eligibility left and could return to school. Or not.
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“Whether I won the award or not, it wasn’t going to sway me on coming back or not,” Griffin said Saturday night.
Luck is considered one of the most NFL-ready prospects to ever come of out college, having played brilliantly in Stanford’s pro-style offense the past three seasons.
Griffin directs a spread offense at Baylor, though the Bears don’t run Griffin the way Auburn often pounded teams with the 250-pound Newton. Baylor sprinkles in designed runs for Griffin, who has sprinter’s speed and was an NCAA All-America hurdler.
Much like his Heisman stock, Griffin’s pro prospects started the season modest and have soared.
His completion rate jumped to a career-high 72 percent this season, but those stats often don’t mean much in the NFL, where an open receiver looks very different from the way he does in college. Still, it’s a good sign.
There’s a long way to go in the draft process — all-star games, the combine and individual workouts can dramatically move a player up and down the board — but it’s hard to imagine that Griffin won’t be at least in the mix to be drafted in the first round.
Some of those early mock drafts have projected Griffin as a possible top-10 pick.
Griffin is an underclassmen only in a football sense. He’s already completed a political science degree and was working on a master’s in communications this season, which would have been his senior year if he had not torn a ligament in his right knee in the third game of his sophomore season.
He took a medical redshirt that gave him an additional season of eligibility, so he could return to Waco, Texas, in 2012 and take a shot at leading Baylor to even bigger goals.
A Big 12 championship. A BCS bid. Maybe even national title contention.