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There are two former Baylor Bears that will likely be first-round picks in the upcoming 2012 NFL draft. One was Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is considered to be this draft class' second-best quarterback after Stanford's Andrew Luck. He will be taken off the board with the second overall pick by the Washington Redskins, who traded away the farm to have a shot at a new franchise signal caller.
SB Nation recently created a string of videos on YouTube profiling some of the more prolific draft prospects. Here's their thoughts on RG3.
The other first-round prospect is wide receiver Kendall Wright, who many believe is the third-best wide receiver prospect in the draft class after Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd. Many believe that Wright won't make it past the Houston Texans, who need a wide receiver to play opposite of Andre Johnson.
And here is Wright's video:
In Pro Football Talk's latest mock draft, put together by Evan Silva, the Indianapolis Colts do something a little surprising with their first-overall pick. For months it has been assumed that the Colts would take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick, especially since they have officially released Peyton Manning. Silva is predicting, though, that the Colts may shake things up a little by taking Baylor Bears Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the first overall pick.
1. Colts: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor.
In an upset, the Colts opt for the most gifted quarterback in the draft.
RG3 had an incredible season in 2011 and impressed a lot of scouts and coaches at the combine in interviews. The Washington Redskins traded about about a billion picks to move up from No. 6 to No. 2 to select him. If the Colts decide to go for RG3 instead of Luck, I'm sure the Redskins wouldn't complain too much.
The Baylor Bears 2011 college football season arguably was the greatest season in the history of the program. While the leader of the renaissance, Robert Griffin III, is slated to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, his favorite target could be off the board in the first round as well.
19. Chicago Bears, Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Chicago could use help along the offensive line, on the inside and out. They can probably find a way to get by and save their first-round pick for a playmaker. What Wright lacks in size, he makes up for with versatility, good hands and blazing speed. He can be a deep threat or do damage with yards after the catch working out of the slot.
We've seen mock drafts where the Cleveland Browns select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III before, but in Sports Illustrated's most recent mock draft, Don Banks changes things up a little. Banks proposes that the Browns will use their extra first-round pick acquired from the Atlanta Falcons to trade to the St. Louis Rams to move up from No. 4 to No. 2 and take RGIII with the second overall pick.
The Browns have the need and the extra first-round pick to move up and land RG III, and for that they can thank Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who reeled in Julio Jones with Cleveland's 2011 first-round slot. Washington and Miami figure to be in the same market for the Heisman winner, but if the Rams deal with the AFC-based Browns they wouldn't have to face Griffin as often.
I personally don't see the need for the Browns to trade away a first-round pick to move ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, especially considering the Vikings just selected Christian Ponder in last year's draft, but crazier things have happened.
As the Super Bowl and the offseason near, the rumors about NFL teams looking to trade up or trade down in the draft to acquire certain players are going to start coming out more and more often. One such rumor has already been circulating. According to Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com, the Redskins may be looking to trade up to acquire Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Tandler draws this conclusion from a comment that NFL Network's Jason La Confora made about the Redskins unlikely to sign Peyton Manning if he were to become available.
In an article about possible destinations for Colts QB Peyton Manning, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL said that the Redskins were unlikely to sign Manning should the Colts release him. One of the reasons LaCanfora gave was that, "execs I talk to expect Washington to make a move for St. Louis' No. 2 overall slot in the draft, and select whichever quarterback doesn't go first overall (at this point, it looks like Griffin)."
Of course the draft doesn't take place until April (91 days from now) and this could turn out to be absolutely nothing, but then again, it could be something worth keeping an eye on.
For more updates on the draft and Baylor, check out Our Daily Bears.
The East/West Shrine Game will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (NFL Network), and will feature a number of Big 12 and SEC players, including a pair of Texas Longhorns (safety Blake Gideon and center David Snow), as well as TCU linebacker Tank Carder.
Here's a list of Big 12 and SEC players for each roster:
East Team - SEC
DL Travian Robertson - South Carolina
FB/TE Bruce Figgins - University of Georgia
OC Quentin Saulsberry - Missisippi State
OT Bradley Sowell - Mississippi
PK Blair Walsh - Georgia
RB Tauren Poole - Tennessee
East Team - Big 12
DL Julian Miller - West VirginiaLB Najee Goode - West VirginiaSAF Tysyn Hartman - Kansas State
DL Kentrell Lockett - MississippiDL Dominique Hamilton - Missouri - ColumbiaLB Jerry Franklin - ArkansasWO Greg Childs - Arkansas - FayettevilleWO Jarius Wright - ArkansasWO Darius Hanks - Univeristy of Alabama
DC Keith Tandy - West VirginiaLB Tank Carder - Texas ChristianLB Steven Johnson - KansasOC David Snow - TexasSAF Blake Gideon - Texas
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was interviewed by ESPN's Hannah Storm, and reiterated his desire to take a franchise quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but mentioned Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor in the same breath as assumed top pick Andrew Luck of Stanford.
It's not news that Irsay wants to hold the top pick regardless of the health of Peyton Manning, but Luck has been considered a lock for the top spot. Irsay told ESPN that this year's Draft could resemble the same 1-2 quarterback sequence as the last time the Colts found a franchise QB (quote transcription courtesy of PFT):
"With Griffin and Luck and the way it’s shaping up at the top of the draft — could very likely go one and two like with Peyton and Ryan Leaf," Irsay said. "It’s most likely one of those quarterbacks that you really feel is the best player in the draft, and where we’re at moving forward you can’t pass that up. I don’t think anyone would expect that."
Baylor's Robert Griffin III has officially declared for the 2012 NFL Draft and he has been shooting up near the top of the mock drafts and is very likely to be taken as the second quarterback overall behind Stanford's Andrew Luck. Even some draft rankings have Griffin ahead of Luck which seems a bit off base.
ESPN's draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., has recently updated his draft board and has Griffin up to No. 6:
I'm not buying any talk that he'd be higher on some boards than Luck, but he certainly could be in the mix as the No. 2 pick if St. Louis deals. Great kid, underrated passer, big-time athlete. No ill effects from 2009 knee injury. Remarkable numbers.
Kiper's board is a rankings of players and Griffin is actually going higher than No. 6 in most of the mock drafts as he is going to be a franchise a quarterback for whatever team drafts Griffin.
Robert Griffin III officially announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving the friendly confines of Waco, Texas for the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin said at his final Baylor press conference, "I pray that I will have the blessing of my coaches and teammates as I move onto the NFL," and asked that fans continue to support the Baylor Bears football program in the future.quarterback
The deadline for underclassmen to formally declare for the 2012 NFL draft is this Sunday as Griffin is a 4th-year junior due to a medical hardship from tearing his ACL in 2009.
Griffin is projected as a top-10 pick and several NFL scouts believe have come out and said that he could be drafted as high as the first or second choice depending on his pre-draft workouts and evaluations.
After over a month of speculation about his NFL future, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will officially announce his NFL draft decision in a press conference Wednesday afternoon:
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While a return to Waco would make the Baylor QB the biggest star in college football and the Bears a preseason Big 12 title contender, few expected him to forgo the NFL draft, even before reports of his decision to leave began circulating Tuesday night.
Not only is he a fourth-year junior who has already completed his BA and is finishing up a MA, he already missed most of the 2009 season with an ACL injury and is exposed to a lot of hits running head coach Art Briles' spread offense.
Most mock drafts have Griffin going right behind Stanford's Andrew Luck somewhere in the top 5, depending on whether QB-hungry teams jump the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 and the Washington Redskins at No. 6 to select the Baylor star.
However, even if Griffin leaves, the cupboard isn't entirely bare in Waco, as Nick Florence, a QB with three years of experience backing up the Heisman winner, will likely take over under center.
Florence filled in admirably for Griffin in the second half of the Texas Tech game, completing 9-12 passes for 156 yards and 2 TD's in the Bears 66-42 victory.
The speculation surrounding the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft is already swirling. It's only expected to heat up now that the bowl season has come to an end and the entire NCAA football season is officially over. More and more players on the fence about entering the upcoming draft will be announcing their intentions in the coming weeks before the deadline.
Recent Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears has been expected to announce his intent to enter the draft for some time now. It appears that the announcement will likely be coming in short order. On Tuesday, Chris Mortenson of ESPN reported that the quarterback would be letting his head coach Art Briles know that he will be turning pro.
Although the news has been seen by many as something of an inevitability, if Griffin will indeed be informing Briles on Tuesday, his official announcement will likely come in the next couple of days.
Heisman Trophy winner and current Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III is already projected to be one of the top ten picks in the 2012 NFL Draft this April if he decides to declare for the draft. With the deadline for underclassmen to declare coming up this Sunday, 'RG3' made another visit to Bears head coach Art Briles on Monday.
"It's a situation where he's really contemplating what he feels like is the thing that's going to give him peace," coach Art Briles said.
Briles said he is for whatever Griffin feels is the right thing to do, whether it's the NFL or coming back to play as a senior at Baylor.
"Like I told him from day one, I don't want to be any influence on it," Briles said. "My goal for him is for him to be successful and fulfill all of his dreams. If that dream is going to the NFL right now, that's great."
Griffin, who played this season as a fourth-year junior, has another of year of eligibility although he is already almost done with his masters' degree. Griffin received medical redshirt after he tore the ACL in his right knee versus Northwestern State in 2009.
It is virtually a given that Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will be drafted early when the 2012 NFL Draft rolls around in April, but a developing story could be if the Baylor Bears will put more than one player up in the first round.
In the latest CBS Sports mock draft, Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright is slated to go in the middle to late in the first round. One report shows that Wright could go as high as No. 19 to the Chicago Bears, as Jay Cutler has always clamored for an upgrade into the passing attack. Another report states that Wright could go at No. 23 to the Cleveland Browns, as Colt McCoy found his rookie wide receiver Greg Little early and often but could use additional support at wideout.
Regardless of where Wright goes, in his four years at Baylor he's proven that he's ready to play at the next level. Just ask Robert Griffin III.
2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is reportedly forging his final year of eligibility at Baylor and will be entering the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin raised Baylor's football program from the ashes to be a relevant program during his time on campus and now according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Griffin is leaving Baylor to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
This past season Griffin threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2011, and rushed for another 699 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Griffin has been shooting up draft boards over the past few weeks and is looking to be a potential top-10 pick come April. The only quarterback to be ranked ahead of Griffin is Stanford's Andrew Luck who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick.
While Robert Griffin III has steadfastly refused to comment on the possibility of the NFL after the season, a Sports Illustrated writer is reporting that the Heisman winner is leaning towards entering the NFL Draft:
TonyPauline Tony PaulineSaid on 12/22 things could change and they have- hearing Robert Griffin III had a change of heart and leaning towards entering the draft.
Griffin, a fourth-year junior, has already completed his BA degree and is currently studying for a MA in Communications in one of Baylor's graduate programs.
After winning the Heisman, defeating Texas and Oklahoma and leading Baylor to consecutive bowl games for only the fourth time in the program's 106-year history, Griffin has little left to accomplish in Waco.
He's currently projected to be a top 5 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and after already suffering one season-ending knee injury during his college career, he may want to become a professional while the iron is hot.
His departure wouldn't leave the cupboard bare in Waco, as Art Briles has steadily built up the program in his four years there.
Griffin's backup, junior Nick Florence, looked impressive in relief of the junior superstar in the second half of the Texas Tech game, after Griffin left with a head injury.
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