When you are drafting a player from the college ranks, you typically want to select according to the needs on the current roster. UNLESS, a once in a life time player comes along (see vikings 2006 NFL 1st round Draft pick) . If the coaches and players were convinced that Ponder, or Webb was the answer for us to compete within our division for the next decade, Frasier would have never made the comment; we will review the QB position in the offseason a little closer and Harvin would have never made the comments he made in reference to Webb being the better option for sparking the offense....so before you begin tossing your tomatoes, hear me out after the jump!
Griffin graduated from high school a semester early and began attending Baylor in the spring 2008 semester at 17 years old. He joined the track team, and finished first place in the 400-meter hurdles at both the Big 12 Conference Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meets; he also broke the NCAA Midwest Regional 400-meter hurdles record. He placed third in the NCAA meet and also participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials, in which he advanced to the semifinals.He graduated with a 3.67 GPA in political science and is currently studying for a Masters in Communication.
Griffin started 11 of 12 games his freshman season. In the upset 41–21 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies, he recorded 13-of-23 passes for 241 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and no sacks!
Griffin earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors from the league's coaches
Baylor finished the season with a 4–8 record (2–6 Big 12).
Griffin sat out for the remainder of the 2009 season after sustaining an isolated tear to his ACL in the first half of the third game and his third start of his sophomore year. The Bears picked up a 68-13 victory over Northwestern State.[
Season record was 4–8 (1–7 Big 12).
Following the ACL injury Mr. Griffin entered the 2010 season as a redshirt sophomore. His stats for his third year in the system are listed below
Baylor finished the season 7–6 (4–4 Big 12).
Coming into the 2011 season, the Baylor Bears were not expected to do well. The Bears opened the season with 15th ranked TCU. The Bears took a 47-23 lead into the 4th quarter, and were able to fight off a comeback after TCU gained the lead 48-47 briefly, only for Baylor to kick the game winning field goal and win 50-48. They pulled off the upset in large part to Griffin's performance, who passed for 359 yards, 5 touchdowns and a 77.8% completion percentage. Following the win, Griffin was considered to be a Heisman Trophy candidate. Against Stephen F. Austin State University Griffin went 20 of 22 (90.9%) for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for 78 yards. Against Rice University Griffin completed 29 of 33 passes (87.9%) for 338 yards with 51 yards rushing and a touchdown. Against Kansas St. Griffin completed 23 out of 31 (74.2%) for 346 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. Against Iowa St. Griffin completed 22 out of 30 (73.3%) for 212 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. Aganist Texas Griffin completed 15 out of 22 (Over 72%) for 321 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Griifin followed up this incredible season with taking home the most prestigious hardware in college football.....I wanted the viking faithful to see this kids progression from year to year. His growth is off the carts!
The reason i submitted this information was so you could see how commited this kid is to growth year in, and year out. Popular wisdom tells me that Luck will go #1and Kalil will go #2 . Now i really believe that RG3 brings the intangibles to the table that you don't see in the "black quarter back" (see his military upbringing, and his educational accomplishments year to date)! Match that with his natural abilties, you have a can miss guy in Mr Griffin. And might i add, the Vick, Young and Newton comparisons are all unfair to Mr Griffin. Griffin is the complete package, from being able to be a excellent rep for the vikings organization through the media, to being a joe webb type of spark to the team, minus the awkward goofy-ness. I believe that if we don't except the fact that we reached for ponder, and count last years first round a loss, we will regret it for years to come. Frazier even said it his self ; for the vikings to compete in this division we are going to have to grab a QBOF....who better to fit that description other that the 1 and only RGIII...