Published: February 26th, 2012 | Tags: Robert Griffin III, 20212 NFL Scouting Combine, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Mike Mayock, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III‘s 4.41-second 40-yard dash dazzled onlookers, but it’s what the QB didn’t do Sunday that has NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and personnel men throughout the league feverishly waiting for Baylor’s March 21 pro day.
Griffin, along with Stanford’s Andrew Luck, opted not to throw during the NFL Scouting Combine, and Mayock grilled the QB about that decision when he appeared on the NFL Network set at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Griffin reiterated his earlier stance on why he skipped throwing in Indianapolis: He’d rather throw to receivers he knows in an environment where he’s comfortable. Griffin did concede it was hard to sit on the sideline and watch when Mayock asked if his competitive streak kicked in as the other prospects threw.
“I really did, and I kept inching forward. The Cleveland coaches were telling me they could see it in me — they saw I wanted to be out there throwing,” Griffin said. “I tried to come out and show that I am a competitor with the running and the jumping and doing those things. … I’m excited to throw, but I have to let that be another day. …
“You want to show them that you’re as advertised — that’s the main reason I came and ran,” Griffin added. “I didn’t have to run, but I decided to run and jump and do those things so they know I’m either as athletic as they thought I was or even more.”
The Browns’ coaching staff didn’t just tease Griffin about his decision not to throw, as Griffin said Cleveland, which owns the No. 4 overall pick, was one of the many teams he met with this weekend at the combine. In addition to the Browns, Griffin said he met with the Dolphins (No. 8), Redskins (No. 6), Chiefs (No. 11), Jaguars (No. 7), Bills (No. 10) and Vikings (No. 3).
The Seahawks (No. 12) and Rams (No. 2) didn’t interview Griffin, and it’s been widely speculated that St. Louis will shop its pick to a team looking to move up and draft the QB.