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Poll: Should RGIII take the Heisman and run to the NFL?

Robert Griffin III, AP

In each of the past three seasons, the winner of that year’s Heisman Trophy left another season of college football eligibility on the table for a shot at the NFL draft the next year.

Robert Griffin III, the 2011 winner of the Heisman Trophy, has another year of eligibility remaining “thanks” to a season-ending injury in 2009 that earned him another year courtesy of the NCAA.

The question is, should RGIII use that extra year of eligibility to bulk up his draft résumé, or should the Baylor quarterback strike while the stiff-armed iron is hot and bolt for the NFL?

I know how Cam Newton, who came from a spread system that simply doesn’t work in preparing a QB for the NFL, would vote.  The question is, how would you vote?

Say it below.  Vote.  And don’t be shy, either in your votes or in your comments.

 

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39 Responses to “Poll: Should RGIII take the Heisman and run to the NFL?”
  1. theglap says: Dec 10, 2011 10:29 PM

    I think this is the best atmosphere he’s going to get for high production QBs from a non-pro style offenses.

    He should come out.

  2. mgscott says: Dec 10, 2011 10:42 PM

    Of course he should. The money is there now.

  3. supremeomega says: Dec 10, 2011 10:48 PM

    How is this even a debate. He is a top ten pick now. Baylor isn’t a NC contender he already has a degree.

    What is to be gained by coming back?

  4. pittspuke says: Dec 10, 2011 10:50 PM

    Who cares really. He’s another Vince Young.

  5. supremeomega says: Dec 10, 2011 10:52 PM

    @pittspuke

    Why is he a VY? VY is a fat inaccurate lazy idiot…

    RG3 is smart accurate fast and a great worker.

  6. Deb says: Dec 10, 2011 11:07 PM

    RGIII needs to fulfill his own ambitions and do what’s in his best interest. It’s important to achieve that degree if that’s his goal–but it’s also important to secure his future. The money in his rookie contract will be guaranteed. By delaying his entry to the NFL, he risks an injury that could end his career. Once he signs that rookie contract, his financial future is protected as long as he invests wisely. It’s highly unlikely he would win the Heisman again, and two of those statues isn’t worth risking a career-ending injury.

    @pittspuke ….

    Yes, I’d like some clarification on that, too. Just what makes RGIII another VY? What exactly do those two men have in common other than both playing the QB position at Texas schools?

  7. auburntigers34 says: Dec 10, 2011 11:19 PM

    pittspuke says: Dec 10, 2011 10:50 PM

    Who cares really. He’s another Vince Young.

    more than a few morons said the same thing about cam newton and they were very, very wrong.

  8. Deb says: Dec 10, 2011 11:20 PM

    pittspuke, I understand RGIII is working on his graduate degree. He already had his undergrad degree. So he really doesn’t sound much like VY.

  9. jaxsat says: Dec 10, 2011 11:21 PM

    I agree with other posters: Who cares? He will be a big bust in the NFL, and he WILL be another Vince Young…another wasted Heisman Trophy award…should have gone to Luck or Richardson. Plus Baylor is a THREE LOSS team. I thought the Heisman was about winning.

  10. supremeomega says: Dec 10, 2011 11:25 PM

    No real explainaion why RG3 will fail. Maybe it’s a racial thing…

  11. auburntigers34 says: Dec 10, 2011 11:30 PM

    jaxsat, what are this week’s winning lottery numbers?

    the Heisman is supposed to go to the best player in college football and every region in the country, except the far left coast(what a shocker) felt like the best player in the country was RG3. why does this bother you so much?

  12. thekingdave says: Dec 10, 2011 11:31 PM

    He’s the next VY because? He’s black? Griffin is the anti VY, wrapping up his Masters and about to begin law school. VY’s problem was never physical ability, but the mental preparation that the position demands in the NFL. That won’t be a problem with Griffin.

  13. supremeomega says: Dec 10, 2011 11:37 PM

    I will laugh at the racists when Cam and RG3 are starting opposite each other in the Super Bowl 6-7 year from now!

  14. supremeomega says: Dec 10, 2011 11:41 PM

    Yeah RG3 will be a bust!

    How could an accurate, extremely smart, grounded leader of a QB who happens to throw the best deep ball in the NCAA and just happens to have 4.3 speed succeed? I’m sure they will move him to WR where he belongs!!!

    I will laugh at the racists when Cam and RG3 are starting opposite each other in the Super Bowl 6-7 year from now!

  15. Deb says: Dec 10, 2011 11:44 PM

    Yeah, jaxsat, I can see why you’re so sure RGIII will be an NFL bust. After all, the prognosticators have done a bang-up job with their predictions so far. Brady Quinn and Matt Leinart are killing it while Cam Newton and Tim Tebow have been nothing but disappointments, right?

  16. geraldthecat says: Dec 11, 2011 12:09 AM

    It does not look like he would be the first pick. If that is one of his goals. And looking at what other big 12 schools lose a conference championship and big time bowl games are possible. Outside of injury the $ could be better in a year. Also that thing about having 2 would be cool. I would love to have his options.

  17. frug says: Dec 11, 2011 12:40 AM

    I’d say hold off until we see how many of Luck, Jones and Barkley come out. If only 1 or 2 he should probably pull the trigger, if all 3 do he might be better off waiting.

  18. trbowman says: Dec 11, 2011 1:12 AM

    RG3 has a future in the NFL, but he’s going to be overdrafted.

    People need to stop box score scouting RG3 and realize the guy comes out of same air raid offense Graham Harrel did.

    Guy is a work in progress, has trouble b/w hashes and struggles with accuracy at times(and don’t point to completion percentage to try to dispute that please).

    RG3 needs to sit for a bit early on. I think he can be a good, very good NFL QB but needs work

    Ryan Tannehill is being slept on because of lack of ESPN hype and not wowing the box score scouts but he’s going to be a great player at the next level

  19. trbowman says: Dec 11, 2011 1:13 AM

    Underrated QB in this class is Russell Wilson. Mega steal if you ask me. If he wants to go to the NFL he has a future there.

    Ya, go ahead and point to his size -he already plays behind NFL sized line at Wisconsin. Great ball placement, leader, mobile, clutch.

  20. trbowman says: Dec 11, 2011 1:14 AM

    As for RG3 he should do whatever is best for him. Just talk with his family and go from there.

    His stock might not be higher than it is now, but if he wants to go back then he should.

    And who else thinks Matt Barkley got robbed? He wouldn’t of been my first choice to win the Heisman, but definitely top five.

  21. trbowman says: Dec 11, 2011 1:18 AM

    “What is to be gained by coming back?”

    The chance to play for a national title.

  22. trbowman says: Dec 11, 2011 1:21 AM

    “No real explainaion why RG3 will fail. Maybe it’s a racial thing…’

    This bullshit again?

    Read my post for rationale.

    And I suppose I should apologize for five bloody posts in a row.

    Now I’m done.

  23. pastabelly says: Dec 11, 2011 1:25 AM

    He may not go in the top 4 quarterbacks drafted. Stay in school.

  24. bossaliniee says: Dec 11, 2011 2:11 AM

    Good job young man Congratulations .

  25. thekingdave says: Dec 11, 2011 2:14 AM

    Dude, trbowman, are you serious? Do you know how many college schools run a variation of the spread? I guess by your logic, since Briles was a Tech RB coach in the early 2000s, he must run a carbon copy of the Harrell(a statue in the pocket by the way) Tech offense of a couple years ago. Have you ever watched a Baylor game? I mean, Terrance Ganaway only reeled off like 1300 yarded on the ground this season. So much for that exclusive aerial attack.

  26. hdmoyer says: Dec 11, 2011 2:33 AM

    Yeah, he should stay in college and get a degree that means he will earn less than the average man rather than be a multi-millionaire. Is this site retarded by even asking this question. The crazy thing is now with the rookie wage scale in effect this site is still asking this question.
    Yes, go back to school and hope you don’t get hurt and if you do, don’t worry because you can become a multi-millionaire after you have a degree from Baylor.

    So do the retards that write for this website get paid?

  27. patau61 says: Dec 11, 2011 2:39 AM

    Who cares where he goes in the draft except for him and his bank account? The guy can be successful with mediocre players so imagine what he can be with an NFL offensive line. Anyone that doubts him should point their eyes towards the Carolina Panthers and see what that QB is doing. RGlll is a smaller, faster version of Cam and will be an asset to any team that drafts him.

  28. hdmoyer says: Dec 11, 2011 3:13 AM

    @pastabelly

    Check all of the mock drafts…he’s going top ten.

    Going back to school especially a small one like Baylor only decreases his chances of being a top ten pick.

    Matt Leinhart cost himself tens of millions of dollars and he went to USC with no rookie wage scale.

    But yeah, degree is what you should go back to school for…it’s so easy to become a millionaire once you get a degree. Obviously you can’t go back.

  29. vomitingliberals says: Dec 11, 2011 3:32 AM

    I love how everyone just takes for granted that Cam Newton is automatically going to be a stud in the NFL just because he has gotten off to a good start. Don’t get me wrong, he is showing potential in all he has done and things are definitely up for him, but he’s still not a lock for greatness.

    As with Tebow, defenses are going to catch up to Cam next season (as they will have a lot of tape available) and when they do we’ll see how he handles it. Randall Cunningham looked like he might become great too, but that just never panned out. He was solid for the most part but not great or Super Bowl caliber.

    This league, at QB, still belongs to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees. I don’t see the “it” factor these guys have in Cam Newton just yet, not even close.

    I wish RGIII all the best, but the system he comes from is a joke, just ask Kliff Kingsbury, Sonny Cumbie, and Graham Harrell. RGIII is a MUCH better athlete than any of these three and probabaly smarter too, but it won’t be an easy transition by a long shot. He’s also a bit shorter than you like to see behind center in the NFL.

    Not sold on him, and I think most people know that Heisman should have gone to Trent Richardson anyway.

  30. supremeomega says: Dec 11, 2011 5:02 AM

    He is gonna be a stud!

    As far as height is concerned, him and Aaron Rodgers are the same height so I don’t think that’s a major issue. If he was 5’11 like Vick then that would be a problem.

    I will say coming out of a spread he will need to sit a year or two. but the difference between him and the other guys mentioned is that most spread QBs throw a lot of bubble screens and intermediate routes. Griffins record setting accuracy an efficiency makes him different. Half of his TD passes were 30 or more yds. He has shown that he has the arm Stregnth and accuracy to make NFL throws into tight spaces and that he can go through progressions.

    Remember unlike USC Florida and OSU recent Heisman QBs Baylor takes the field against better athletes 75% of the time. That’s what is so impressive about Luck as he has no elite speed. Griffin does not play with NFL caliber linemen and plays against teams like Texas and Oklahoma which have 3-5 starters that will have a chance to play pro.

    As far as Cam, he is a rookie on a terrible team that is gonna throw for 4000 yds around 20TDs and rush for 15TDs while completing 61% I can’t see where he could do better. Wait until they get some talent!

    Comparing him to Manning and Brady is stupid because they are two of the best five ever. Rodgers looks like he could end up better than both of them. He doesn’t need to be better than those guys as Manning is almost done and Brady is on the back end of his career. He needs to Have a team that can compete with Brees and Rodgers and also needs to be better than Dalton Sanchez Luck Locker Ponder Freeman and Tyler Bray! You can win a SB if you are a top 5 QB with a balanced team.

  31. twoody50 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:51 AM

    Voters got this one right. Richardson didn’t even win the SEC voters. They probably realized the SEC vote would be split. Stupid idea to put two players from the same conference in. Alabama can blame LSU yet again.

  32. rubbernilly says: Dec 11, 2011 7:11 AM

    @hdmoyer…

    …what?

    hdmoyer says:
    Dec 11, 2011 2:33 AM
    Yeah, he should stay in college and get a degree that means he will earn less than the average man rather than be a multi-millionaire. Is this site retarded by even asking this question. The crazy thing is now with the rookie wage scale in effect this site is still asking this question.
    Yes, go back to school and hope you don’t get hurt and if you do, don’t worry because you can become a multi-millionaire after you have a degree from Baylor.

    What is that? Let’s examine…

    Yeah, he should stay in college and get a degree that means he will earn less than the average man rather than be a multi-millionaire.

    OK, clearly you think he should come out, since the money is greater in the NFL. (Nevermind for the moment that he already has his degree, soon to be a masters degree.)

    Is this site retarded by even asking this question. The crazy thing is now with the rookie wage scale in effect this site is still asking this question.

    Wait, the site is retarded for asking the question (because obviously he should come out and be a millionaire), except that he will get less money because of the rookie wage scale. So you’re damaging your own argument that said he should come out and follow the money, but CFT is the retarded one. Right.

    The rookie wage scale makes it *more* likely that CFT would pose this question, not less. Are you even sure what you’re arguing here?

    Yes, go back to school and hope you don’t get hurt and if you do, don’t worry because you can become a multi-millionaire after you have a degree from Baylor.

    Given what you’ve said before this could be pure sincerity or outright sarcasm. Probably both… which just continues the strangeness of your post.

    Maybe if you use “retarded” one or two more times… that might help.

  33. twoody50 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:16 AM

    The man has a degree in political science and is working on a masters in communication. What more do you want. He is very intelligent as you can tell by his speaking. There are no dis and dats in his vocabulary.

  34. peed1 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:17 AM

    Take the money. Play for a few years, then go to Law School.

  35. rexismybff says: Dec 11, 2011 10:11 AM

    supremeomega says:
    Dec 10, 2011 10:52 PM
    @pittspuke

    Why is he a VY? VY is a fat inaccurate lazy idiot…

    RG3 is smart accurate fast and a great worker.

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    Young led all of college football in passing efficiency in 2005. Young’s Longhorns also led the nation in scoring that year, while the Trojans were No. 2.

  36. florida727 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:25 AM

    supremeomega says:
    Dec 10, 2011 11:25 PM
    No real explainaion why RG3 will fail. Maybe it’s a racial thing…
    ———————————————————
    Are all your posts motivated by race? Get a life.

    As much as I hate jumping on the grab-the-money-now train, his stock will never be higher and his talent justifies going to the next level. It would be nice to see him return to Baylor but then he risks injury. Not that going to law school at Baylor is exactly a bad ‘fall back position’ he’d have to “suffer” through :) Face it, this kid’s going to be a success whether it’s in the NFL or the legal profession. He can thank his parents for that. Clearly they did their job right. I didn’t know much about him before last night, but after hearing his story and listening to him, I’m definitely a fan now.

  37. tailgatersanimal says: Dec 11, 2011 11:06 AM

    He seems like a good guy, take it to the next level.

  38. Deb says: Dec 11, 2011 1:35 PM

    twoody50 says:
    Voters got this one right. Richardson didn’t even win the SEC voters. They probably realized the SEC vote would be split. Stupid idea to put two players from the same conference in. Alabama can blame LSU yet again.

    twoody50 says:
    He is very intelligent as you can tell by his speaking. There are no dis and dats in his vocabulary.
    ————————————————–
    I’ve never understood why someone would hate a region of the country and denigrate the people in it as you do so persistently. But that’s your issue. As an Alabama diehard, I’m quite content with the outcome of the Heisman voting. Of course, I love Trent Richardson and feel he was worthy of the award–as were the other four candidates–but I think RGIII was an excellent choice and congratulate him whole-heartedly.

    Alabama fans have no reason to “blame” LSU for anything. The Tigers won a hard-fought game against us fair and square. And Tyrann Mathieu has had a brilliant season. He deserved Heisman consideration. The shame is that, as a defensive player, he was unlikely to get the same voter attention as the offensive players on the ballot. I’m thrilled two deserving SEC players were in contention. And if you knew diddley about Alabama football history, you’d know we don’t get bent out of shape over the Heisman.

    Yes, RGIII is an intelligent man. But IQ has nothing to do with whether one says “dis” or “dat.” Griffin was blessed to be raised by professional soldiers and has been taught proper elocution. Other kids whose IQs are just as high may not have had the same environmental opportunities. I’d think a brain like you would grasp that.

  39. pr3zths says: Dec 11, 2011 10:04 PM

    I would leave, he has the most upside of all the QB’s. I really hope he falls to the Cowboys first round.

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