NOTE: I’m waiting for video to upload. And Pete Carroll will be talking at 12:15 pacific time here.
Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is probably the most impressive person I’ve seen interviewed in the short period of three years coming to the NFL Scouting Combine.
I’ve never witnessed a player so comfortable answering questions in front of a large group of reporters.
Griffin showed an impressive grace in answering questions while still appearing in command of the situation. It’s easy to understand while teams like Seattle will be clamoring to trade up in order to make Griffin the face of their franchise.
How comfortable was Griffin? He said he had his Ninja Turtle socks on. Griffin said he picked up the habit or wearing mismatched or unique socks as a sophomore in high school.
Griffin said on the field he’ll run, but will not participate in the quarterback throwing session.
“You don’t go somewhere and run a game plan you’ve never practiced,” Griffin said about his decision not to throw. “Throw to guys you’ve never practiced with in an environment you’re not prepared for.”
Griffin already answered questions about his size. He came in at 6-foot-2 and three-eighths and 223 pounds.
“We didn’t lie about my height,” quipped Griffin.
Griffin talked about overcoming the misconception that he’s a running quarterback. He said he’s comfortable throwing from inside the pocket, although he can run if he needs to.
Griffin also talked about how his skill set fits in a West Coast offense like Cleveland, Washington or Seattle.
“Once you get into a system it’s easy to learn it,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m going to open the playbook and know it immediately. But once you can get on the field and start going through the routes and the protections that you’re going to have to run in those type of offenses, it comes to you a lot sooner.”
Griffin was asked about teams like the Cleveland Browns falling in love with the idea of him leading their team and moving up to draft him.
“I hope somebody falls in love with me other than my fiancé,” Griffin said. “That’s what you want. As a player you want a team that really wants you – head coach, GM, owner – everybody. Someone that really wants you in that place and the players believe in you. So that’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to making somebody fall in love with me.”