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Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:39 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 1:23 pm
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RG3's official 40 time is 4.41, Luck in 4.67

Griffin keeps wowing everyone in Indy. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you thought it was impossible for NFL people to fall more in love with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, you thought wrong. RG3 proved exactly why on Sunday, shredding the 40-yard dash and looking as fast as expected en route to running an official 4.41 40-yard dash.

Andrew Luck, not exactly known as a speedster, was perhaps more impressive with his unofficial 4.59 40 time, later changed to a 4.67 official time.

Griffin's time (both officially and unofficially) was the second-fastest by a quarterback since 2006, with only Reggie McNeal's time of 4.35 in 2006 beating him out. Russell Wilson of Wisconsin ran a 4.50 40 for the second-fastest time of the day, and Jordan Jefferson of LSU ran a 4.59.

The bump up from unofficial to official doesn't matter too much; Griffin got below 4.4 seconds on an unofficial time and that's all people around the league really need to see.

Griffin ran track at Baylor (and in high school) and his performance at the combine -- on the field, in front of the mic, wherever -- has only continued to cement his status as a lock for top-five status in the NFL draft.

It would be stunning, honestly, if RG3 fell further than the second pick. There's a strong belief that the Rams will hold an auction for the No. 2 pick and that someone will pay a hefty price to move up and grab Griffin.

Which is why folks in St. Louis should be enjoying this almost as much as teams who are chasing Griffin are.

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 9:02 pm
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Washington needs a quarterback, obviously. The question is who will it be in 2012? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

For 20 NFL teams, the 2011 season ended last Sunday. For the Redskins under owner Dan Snyder, this time of year has become known as their offseason Super Bowl. It's an unflattering commentary on their free-spending personnel decisions in free agency and the draft that ratchets up fans' hopes before crushing them, usually around Halloween. It's became an annual event, though less so under head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.

But as the saying goes, old habits die hard. With the free agency two months off and the NFL Draft some six weeks after that, the speculation has begun.

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This isn't surprising based on recent team history and the Redskins' dire need for a quarterback. Even Joe Gibbs, the man who traded for Mark Brunell and installed him as the starter in 2004, acknowledges as much.

"Generally for me the number one thing you want to try to do, whatever the cost, is try to solve the quarterback situation, get that thing solidified," he said during an appearance on ESPN 980. "I think the Redskins are going through that process, [to find] a solid starter that’ll been there every game for them, somebody they really can say can take them to the promised land."

In early December, we wondered if Peyton Manning might be in Washington's future before the media rumor mill started throwing around the idea that the 'Skins might be in the "trading up for Andrew Luck" business.

Here's the latest, via ESPN's John Clayton, who appeared on Vinny Cerrato's Baltimore radio show earlier this week (transcription courtesy of the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg): Washington should draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

“You can see how the dynamics go,” Clayton said. “You’re at the mercy of the draft. I would have to think if you’re gonna be Matt Flynn, send a nice thank you to Matt Barkley for making you $12 million, because think about where he would fit in.

“If you’re Cleveland, you do have a chance to trade up to get RGIII, but if you can’t get him, then you might consider Matt Flynn because he’s in that Green Bay West Coast offense system. Seattle, sitting down with the what 11th or 12th pick depending on the coin toss, they’re gonna be out of position to get a quarterback, so I think they’re gonna have to be in the mix. Miami is gonna have to choose between Orton or Matt Flynn.”

When Cerrato asked about the 'Skins, Clayton responded, almost reflexively: “Ah, they’ll trade with St. Louis and get RGIII.”

The Colts have the top pick in April's draft followed by the Rams. Indianapolis has an obvious need at quarterback (even if Manning's healthy, he ain't playing forever) but St. Louis took their franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford, with the 2010 first-overall pick. If the demand for Griffin is sufficiently high, the Rams may be willing to trade down.

Helping Griffin's stock? The news Thursday afternoon that Oklahoma's Landry Jones will return to school.

This comes two weeks after USC's Matt Barkley announced he was staying for his senior season, taking two possible first-round talents out of this year's draft pool. The other beneficiary in addition to Griffin? Matt Flynn, of course.

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:07 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Report: RG3 to enter Draft, Colts interested

RG3 says he'll decide on the draft "pretty soon." (AP)
By Will Brinson

Robert Griffin III, the second-rated quarterback on Rob Rang's big board, recently said he would make a decision about entering the NFL Draft "pretty soon." Many believed that was code for "already gone," and a report Sunday indicates that RG3 to the NFL is a done deal.

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That's according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, who reports that Griffin's already made up his mind to take the leap to the pros and that's it's simply a matter of semantics before he's being moved around on 2012 NFL Mock Draft boards sans the little underclassman asterisk.

Mort apparently spoke to Griffin's father, Robert Junior, who told him that RG3's decision would be known "when Robert makes this official and selects the right agent to represent him."

So either RGJR (not as catchy, I know) was saying that his son is going pro or, more likely, he slipped up and was trying to say that RG3's going to make a decision and framed the part about the agent incorrectly.

Whatever, this just makes sense. RG3 won the Heisman, he's a coveted prospect, a hot name and easily the No. 2 quarterback on everyone's draft board. And, apparently, he's also highly coveted by the Colts.

Indy, it's been assumed, will just take Andrew Luck. But they could still beat the Jaguars and end up with the No. 2 pick in the draft. If that's the case, Mort reports the Colts are ready to make RG3 their quarterback of the future if they end up falling out of the top pick.

That's a nightmare scenario for the Browns, Dolphins, Redskins, and any other team who's quarterback needy, since the Rams will get to fire up a full-on bidding war for the top pick in the draft.

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Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 10:50 am
 

Robert Griffin III to make Draft decision 'soon'

RG3 says he'll decide on the draft "pretty soon." (AP)
By Will Brinson

Though he was technically outplayed Washington quarterback Keith Price on Thursday, Robert Griffin, III, still looked outstanding in a shootout for the ages at the Alamo Bowl.

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Next up is the decision about whether RG3, a projected top-10 pick and the second-rated quarterback on Rob Rang's big board, will leave Baylor for the NFL. And the Heisman winner says a decision is coming 'soon.'

"Pretty soon," Griffin said when asked when he'd make his decision, though he didn't know what the decision would be. "I have no idea. I'm going to enjoy this right now with my teammates and we'll get to that later."

Griffin's stock probably couldn't get much higher than it is now and, unlike Matt Barkley at USC, Griffin won't be one of the favorites to win the BCS title in 2012. But he's pretty clearly a fan of the school that's given him a chance to shine on the national level.

"I want Baylor nation to enjoy this," Griffin said. "It's not about me. I've got about two weeks. I'll enjoy this the next day, and then the next day, and then I'll make it."

From a business perspective, Griffin would be wise to leave for the NFL. Teams are enamored with his skillset and there's a shortage of elite quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft -- only Stanford's Andrew Luck also ranks in the top 20 overall prospects.

If both the Browns and Redskins end up with top-10 picks, it would be an absolute epic upset to see RG3 drop past both of them.

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Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:08 am
 

Gannon: A lot of things to like about Colt McCoy

In a shocking development, linebackers can't cover Johnson. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson


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Good news: there are people in the NFL who think that Colt McCoy can be a competent NFL starter.

Bad news: it's not clear those people are in the Browns' organization.

A year after starting 13 games as a rookie and showing glimpses of potential, McCoy headed into 2011 with a new head coach and expectations. It's been a rough four months; the Browns' offense has been predictable and inept, the team has managed just four wins through 15 weeks, and McCoy, who suffered a concussion against the Steelers two weeks ago, has yet to return to the field.

And there's a chance that, two seasons and 21 starts into his career, he may find himself out of chances in Cleveland.

"I know people are saying, 'Is this guy a player?' but there's a lot of things to like about him," said CBS Analyst and former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. Gannon has studied most of McCoy's games this season and will be calling Sunday's game against the Ravens where Seneca Wallace will make his second consecutive start. "I mean, there's something about him that makes me think he's got a chance. I like him. ...

"People don't understand that you've got develop the quarterback position," Gannon said. "We're making a huge mistake in the NFL with these young guys. These coaches come in and say, 'He's not my guy, I want to get rid of him,' and then they bring another guy in. Then it takes a couple of years to develop that guy. Meanwhile, they fire that head coach, and the next guy comes in. It's a terrible cycle."

There could be the slim possibility that McCoy gets another chance at the starting gig. USC quarterback Matt Barkley announced last week that he was returning to college for his senior season, foregoing the NFL Draft where he would almost certainly be a top-10 selection. That means the Browns, Redskins and Dolphins -- all teams in desperate need of a franchise quarterback -- will either have to move forward with the status quo or try to find a stopgap via free agency or a trade.

Gannon, meanwhile, thinks McCoy could benefit from some Jim Harbaugh-type mentoring.

"When you have a talented kid like Colt who can do some things, you put your arm around him like [coach] Jim Harbaugh did with Alex Smith and show him some love," Gannon said. "You tell him you believe in him and that you trust him, and that you're going to win this thing together. Now you're seeing a different guy in Alex Smith. He has five interceptions this year. He's not throwing 40 touchdowns [Smith has thrown for 16], but he's playing winning football."

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Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Colts loss to Jaguars clinches No. 1 overall pick

Andrew Luck applauds the effort of teams trying to land the top pick. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday night, the Colts theoretically -- as Gregg Doyel noted in his lose-lose column from the game -- shot themselves in the foot by beating Houston 19-16. After all, even though we play to win the games, you don't want to win so many games that you lose out on once-in-a-generation prospect Andrew Luck.

Fortunately, the Colts didn't totally sink their own battleship against the Texans -- the NFL confirmed on Friday, via Peter King of Sports Illustrated, that if the Colts lose to the Jaguars in Week 17, they will clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Currently, the Colts, Rams and Vikings all have two losses. The Colts have the "best" strength of schedule (read: they play a worse set of teams than St. Louis or Minnesota and yet are just as bad), so they'd likely win any tiebreaker for the top pick if all three two-win teams lose their remaining games.

If the Colts win, however, they won't just be working on a serious Hail Mary for Jim Caldwell's career as coach there; they'll also probably cough up a shot at Luck.

That presumes that the Vikings fall to the Redskins and Bears, of course. If they do, though, they'll hold the No. 1 overall pick and be faced with a fascinating decision.


If they're sure Christian Ponder, taken in the top 10 of the 2011 Draft, is the answer, they can move the top pick to a team that's desperate for a quarterback.

The Dolphins and Redskins would, by most accounts, be willing to give up an insane haul of draft picks in exchange for the rights to draft Luck.

Of course, the Colts could also trade the rights to Luck for a bevy of picks, but that would give Peyton Manning more leverage when it came to any attempted negotiations of the deadline for picking up his option than would missing out on the top pick. Plus, Indy has a need in the long term for a franchise quarterback, so seeing them deal the top pick in the draft is pretty unlikely.

Then again, a few weeks ago, so was the possibility of someone else landing it.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Would Redskins trade up to No. 1 draft pick?

Barkley returning to school could complicate Washington's QB draft plans. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Quarterback Matt Barkley announced Thursday that he would return to USC for his senior season. It’s an early Christmas gift for Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin, but two NFL scouts called it a “foolish business decision” before invoking the name of Matt Leinart for emphasis.

CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson pointed out that Barkley returning to Southern Cal shakes things up at the top of the NFL draft board for those teams looking for a franchise quarterback. One team potentially unaffected by where Barkley plays football next fall: the Washington Redskins.

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Two things to note: owner Dan Snyder has a long and unimpressive history of mortgaging the team's future for a chance at immediate success (it’s yet to work), and the Redskins will be in the market this offseason for a legitimate starting NFL quarterback (this assumes, of course, that Rex Grossman isn’t that guy).

During a Wednesday radio appearance, ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested that the 'Skins could be willing to move up on draft day, with one caveat -- the Rams end up with the first-overall pick. The thinking: since St. Louis already has their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, they would have no interest in Stanford’s Andrew Luck. (The Colts, meanwhile, would take Luck should they finish with the NFL’s worst record.)

“The St. Louis Rams are in a situation where it’s hard to see them winning a [third] game this season,” Schefter said via the Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg. “If the Colts and Rams finish tied with two wins a piece, it’ll come down to their strength of schedules. But what is interesting about that is if the Rams have the pick, it becomes literally an auction for that No. 1 pick, because the Dolphins, Redskins, Seahawks and other teams all will have an interest in trading up to that spot.

“If somehow the Colts win a game and the Rams don’t, then that pick, for the Rams franchise, would be worth, roughly worth, three [first-round picks] and two [second-rounders], maybe four first-round picks. And so there’s a huge amount at stake if somehow the Colts — who will continue to try to win games — win another game, the Rams lose their two games and somehow come up with that pick.”

Clearly, a lot has to happen before the Redskins can even entertain thoughts of landing Luck. At 5-9, Washington would have the No. 7 pick, but they’re season hasn’t been a huge disappointment because they were one player away from the postseason.

Silver lining: Schefter and just about every other media member suggested that if Luck ends up in Indy and the Colts cut Peyton Manning, Washington might target him (of course they would).


Rex Grossman and the Redskins pulled off a surprising upset last week against the Giants. Can they do it again this week when they welcome the Vikings to FedEx Field? Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz for a preview of this matchup.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Barkley back to USC shakes up top of 2012 Draft

Matt Barkley's decision to stay at USC shakes up the 2012 NFL Draft. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday afternoon, USC quarterback Matt Barkley, the No. 2 quarterback in the draft and the second-ranked player on Rob Rang's Big Board, announced that he would return to Southern California for his senior year. The news wasn't shocking given the heavy Wednesday rumors that Barkley would be a Trojan in 2012 (plus, when has Matt Leinart ever been wrong?), but it does dramatically change the landscape of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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In 2011, a whopping four teams -- the Panthers, Vikings, Titans and Jaguars -- drafted a quarterback in the top 15. Even with that heavy influx of young quarterbacks, another three quarterbacks -- Barkley, Stanford's Andrew Luck, and Baylor's Robert Griffin, III -- were still projected to be drafted by teams in the top 10.

That's because a large number of NFL teams still need a franchise quarterback. The Dolphins and Redskins are desperate for a top-end signal-caller, the Browns are believed to be interested in upgrading from Colt McCoy, the Seahawks employ Tavaris Jackson and the coach who recruited Barkley to USC, the Bills might regret giving Ryan Fitzpatrick a pile of money, the Broncos aren't guaranteed to have Tim Tebow's back in 2012, 49ers are considered a prime suitor for a long-term solution, and the Cardinals could be interested in moving along from Kevin Kolb as early as 2012.

Of course, all these teams will be drafting from a board that won't likely feature Luck, as he's all but guaranteed to end up with the Colts, who have a better than 50 percent chance of landing Luck.

That's the definition of supply not meeting demand and other teams at the top of the draft were poised to take advantage of it -- the Vikings, Rams, Jaguars, Buccaneers and Panthers are all teams that currently hold valuable top-10 picks that would have been worth dealing down to other teams who wanted to move up and grab a quarterback in exchange for a package of picks

Instead, with Barkley out of the draft and RG3 reportedly not guaranteed to leave Baylor, the market could fall flat. The Colts aren't likely to move out of the top spot, and in order to nab Griffin -- if he comes out -- a team would probably have to hope to hop the Browns into either the second or third spot of the draft in order to grab the quarterback.

At the very least, someone desperate to get Griffin would need to leapfrog both the Dolphins and Redskins in order to get the second-best quarterback prospect, and that's not exactly a cheap endeavor.

There are other quarterbacks in the draft that are interesting, but not many that could warrant a first-round selection like Barkley. If Griffin ends up staying at Baylor another year, teams hoping to land a big-time quarterback prospect with their first-round pick are going to be left looking like the Monopoly man.

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