Ever since Robert Griffin III established himself as one of the top prospects in the NFL draft, the question has been asked repeatedly: Which NFL player does Baylor quarterback’s game most closely resemble?
Cam Newton’s name comes up often because both quarterbacks can hurt defenses both with their arm and legs. But former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian says the comparisons between Newton and the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Griffin — whom the Redskins will almost certainly select with the second overall pick in the NFL draft next week — are inaccurate.
Griffin “is not Cam Newton as a runner,” Polian said during a pre-draft conference call on Friday. “He’s a world-class track man and as such is a bit of a long-strider and a bit of a narrow base guy, as opposed to Cam, who’s an instinctive, natural football runner, a make-you-miss, shake- and-bake guy in a 6-foot-5, 250-pound body.
“RG is not that,” Polian continued. “That said, he has enough shake to beat most defensive linemen. And once he sticks that foot in the ground and goes, it’s gone baby gone. You’re going to have a hard time catching him. That’s unique. He presents a threat that’s absolutely unique.”
Polian also says Griffin has unique talents when it comes to throwing the ball.
“If he pulls up to throw the ball — and I would direct you to the Oklahoma film — all he has to do is stand up and flick that wrist and the ball will go across the field 55, 50 yards in the wink of an eye — on a rope and it’s accurate. So he presents a threat that we really haven’t seen before.”