Soon-to-be Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s character was questioned Thursday when a report from an unnamed scout claimed that Griffin has a “selfish streak” and “doesn’t treat anybody good.”
NFL Network reporter Albert Breer tweeted that he had heard something similar, then went on 106.7 The Fan’s Mike Wise Show Thursday to explain
Griffin, when asked about the claim, told CBSSports.com, “People who know me ... know I’m not selfish.”
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, while hosting one of his pre-draft conference calls Thursday, was asked whether he believes those reports or saw any character issues with Griffin.
Mayock said, “I have not seen any of those red flags...I was only around the kid at the combine and his pro day, and spent some time with him in both situations.
“I can speak much more adequately about him from what I’ve seen on tape, which doesn’t really tell you much about his character. What I saw on tape that I liked from a character perspective is his ability to win close games; the game he won against Oklahoma, for instance; the way his teammates seemed to rally around him at his pro day in Waco. I think he’s got a naturally charismatic personality that will draw players to him. I think wide receivers are already lining up to try and play in Washington with him.”
The Redskins last month signed free agents Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan. Washington wideout Anthony Armstrong has said he looks forward to playing with Griffin, and fellow receiver Jabar Gaffney hopes to remain with the team despite being told that the Redskins are looking to trade him.
The Redskins are impressed with Griffin as both a player and a person, and pulled the trigger on a trade that sent three first-round picks and one second-rounder to St. Louis for the rights to draft him.
Mayock said he admires the Redskins’ decision-making.
“I give Mike Shanahan and that organization a ton of credit, because you can argue all you want about whether or not they gave away too many draft picks, but at the end of the day, if this kid is as good as they think he is, it won’t matter.”