Robert Griffin III was as good as advertised during his workout for NFL officials and scouts at Baylor’s pro day Wednesday in Waco, Tex.
With Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, General Manager Bruce Allen, Coach Mike Shanahan,offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and representatives from other teams looking on, Griffin again showed his potential as an elite level quarterback with an accurate arm and great mobility.
Griffin unofficially threw 78 passes, completing all but four of them, and showed good range during the workout, which was broadcast by ESPN3.com and the NFL Network.
It would have been difficult for Griffin, who is expected to go second overall to Washington in April’s draft, to lower his stock. But there have been questions about how he would do taking snaps under center and then dropping back to throw the ball.
Griffin displayed no problems as he took snaps both under center and in the shotgun. He also demonstrated good footwork, moved around in the backfield with ease, and looked sharp on roll-out throws, which are often used in Washington’s offense.
Griffin showed good touch on short passes, and a big arm on deep throws, just as he did during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Baylor.
After his on-field work, Griffin, handled his news conference with the same ease he showed at the NFL combine.
“I thought it went great. I had a few misses, but other than that, I think the stat was 74 out of 78, so it was good, and the [receivers] did great,” Griffin said at Wednesday’s news conference, which was televised by ESPN.
Griffin, who went to dinner with Redskins officials Tuesday night, said he looks forward to the responsibility of carrying an NFL franchise.
“I like that pressure because I believe in myself,” he told reporters. He wore a T-shirt that read: “No pressure, no diamonds.”
Asked about his impression of the Redskins organization, Griffin said: “The owner’s great. Mike Shanahan is as good as advertised, and his son is stepping up and doing a lot in D.C., for that team. If it happens to be me, they’ve definitely shown me that I can get along with them, keep it light, but when it’s time to get serious, get serious.”
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