Tag:NFL Mock Draft
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:29 pm

Report: RG3 'informing' Baylor he's going to NFL

Griffin's met with Briles and is reportedly heading to the NFL. (AP)
By Will Brinson

On Sunday during The NFL Today, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported that Baylor quarterback (and second-rated would-be draftee) Robert Griffin III would think over his NFL Draft decision, meet with Baylor coach Art Briles on Tuesday and make a call on whether to go pro or not.

He's reportedly made that call and, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, he's "informing" Briles that he will enter the NFL Draft. Mortensen writes all that's left for the Heisman winner is to pick an agent, which could happen by Tuesday evening.

Briles said earlier Tuesday, via our NFL Draft Scout amigos, that Griffin is "contemplating what he feels like is the thing that's going to give him peace."

2012 NFL Draft

In our most recent 2012 NFL Mock Drafts, Griffin, who is the No. 3-ranked prospect overall in our rankings, went to the Browns in both cases.

When the real draft rolls around, there's a pretty good chance that RG3 wouldn't even last that long; there's plenty of rumors circulating that the Redskins will make a move to leapfrog the Browns for the second- or third-overall pick.

We already know that the Rams are locked in on Sam Bradford and that the Vikings are committed to Christian Ponder as their starter for the future.

That means both teams will be looking to maximize the value out of their respective draft slots, and that could very easily equate to a trade down that involves either the Redskins, the Dolphins, or some other surprise team.

All of this is to say that it makes absolute sense for Griffin to make a leap to the pros now, rather than waiting a year. So it's no surprise to hear that's exactly what he's doing.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:43 pm

Cam Newton's media tour in full-force pre-Combine

Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton, the 11th overall prospect on CBSSports.com's list, is on a tour-de-force media campaign with UnderArmour right now (although, ahem, they haven't called ME since his recent signing with the company) as he makes sure that people know who he is before the Combine and NFL Draft.

Just in case, you know, the entire "my dad might have gotten paid to send me to college" and "I'm awesome enough to single-handedly get Auburn a national title" storylines from the past year didn't get everyone's attention.

Newton's slinging lines, too, in these interviews.

I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon," Newton told Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

Lest you think he's arrogant because of that, well, he's not. Or he is and he knows it. One of those.

"I don’t want to sound arrogant but I did something in one year people couldn't do in their whole collegiate careers," Newton told Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel in a separate interview. We had a chance to do something great and we did it."

Auburn most certainly did something special (the only question is how long that title will hold up) but I'm with Clark Judge on this one -- Cam needs to "get another line," when it comes to things he's planning on saying to the press and NFL teams.

What he needs to do is show NFL teams he's ready to step in and be a humble contributor (a la Tim Tebow) willing to work on developing his natural talent into a full-blown NFL career.

But then again, maybe Newton's on to something -- I've heard the Panthers are highly interested in drafting a "marketable star" with their top overall pick, and if Newton plays his cards right and can prove he's a franchise quarterback, he could end up at the top of the draft.

Which, oddly enough, is exactly where Chad Reuter had him in his most recent mock draft.

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