WACO, TEXAS (AP) - Robert Griffin was able to impress teams and scouts without throwing a pass at the NFL combine.
There was his official time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, fastest among quarterbacks, and the Heisman Trophy winner believes he ran even faster. And there were interviews with at least eight teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, who have the No. 1 draft pick.
“I think I was able to go out there and affirm to the scouts how athletic I am, or impress them even more,” Griffin said Monday. “I was able to show people that I am as advertised. I’m a good guy, I like to make people laugh. I can’t remember a meeting I didn’t go in and we weren’t laughing.
“You go there and do what you’re supposed to do, create a buzz for yourself,” he said.
If nothing else, RG3 likely created even more of a premium for the No. 2 pick held by St. Louis. The Rams already have a young quarterback in Sam Bradford and could be willing to deal the pick.
As for his already-impressive 40-yard dash, Griffin said he was given a better time when he had finished running. He said his representatives are checking into that.
“I was told on the field that it was 4.35 officially. They told me it was faster than what the screen had posted,” Griffin said. “If that happens to be the right time, that’s nothing to be mad about, 4.41 is a great time. But you want to make sure the right time is put up there.”
Griffin’s pro day will be on the Baylor campus March 21, the day before Luck has his. Among the familiar receivers Griffin will get to throw to is Bears teammate Kendall Wright, an NFL prospect himself.
“This is easy now. … The stress is over,” Griffin said. “If you’re out there stressing on your pro day, then you’re not going to perform well, so I plan on having a little fun. Play a little music while we’re out there throwing the football, have everybody tapping their toes and bobbing their head and just go out there and make the most of the experience.”
Baylor’s first Heisman Trophy winner was back on campus to do a photo shoot for EA Sports’ NCAA Football 13 game. The game will be released July 10 with RG3 sharing the cover with one of eight former Heisman winners that will be determined by a fan vote.
When asked if he wanted to be posed as a thrower or a runner, Griffin smiled and quickly responded, “Thrower. I’m a quarterback, not a running back.”
While he’s still plenty fast, the former track star has proven he can throw the football.
Griffin is the school’s career passing leader, with 10,366 yards, 78 touchdowns and only 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a Bears quarterback. Those are among 54 records he broke or tied in 41 games at Baylor, which matched a school record with 10 wins last season.View Entire Story
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