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Updated: RGIII still officially undecided on NFL future

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UPDATED 7:10 p.m. ET: Baylor has released a statement contradicting Chris Mortensen’s report that Robert Griffin III would declare for the NFL Draft.

“Robert Griffin III–the son, the player–has NOT made a decision regarding eligibility,” a school spokesperson said. “He will seek input from coaches later this month, then make his decision.”

Griffin would have another two weeks before the NFL Draft declaration deadline if he hadn’t decided.

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Looks like we’ll know sooner rather than later the intentions of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III as it pertains to his future.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported this morning on Sunday NFL Countdown that Griffin would forego another year in college and enter the NFL Draft.

The redshirt junior and Heisman winner has had a remarkable season capped off with an exciting 67-56 (I still have a hard time typing that) win over Washington in the Alamo Bowl, giving Baylor a 10-win season.

If the report turns out to be true — we’ll have more once Griffin, Baylor, et al confirm or deny — it would be an expected move. Grififn’s draft stock has shot up over the past several weeks, and with Matt Barkley returning to USC, scouts now have Griffin as the second quarterback taken in the draft behind Andrew Luck and project he will be a Top 10 pick.

Griffin passed for nearly 4,300 yards this season and accounted for 47 total touchdowns.

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16 Responses to “Updated: RGIII still officially undecided on NFL future”
  1. orthomarine says: Jan 1, 2012 11:29 AM

    I wonder how he looks in Teal and Orange?

  2. burntorangehorn says: Jan 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    You go to college to make money after college. Griffin’s going to do that. As a bonus, he’ll leave with his degree, a Heisman, bowl win, and a legacy as possibly the greatest football player in school history and one of the top ten athletes to ever compete for his school.

    He may rise to the top three or fall out of the first round, but one thing is for sure: he’s not a guy whose draft stock will do anything but improve as scouts and personnel staffers get to know him as a person.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 1, 2012 11:47 AM

    RG III has talent, leadership, and character, a great combination. Go for the career, go for the money. Buy your parents a new home, marry your girlfriend, put away a few million into a Growth Fund or direct buy WalMart stock, but invest. You will go far and high. Enjoy the ride!

  4. burm61 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    Baylor is the Cleveland Browns of college football. Welcome to Cleveland RGIII. Maybe he can get us 10 wins too.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:52 AM

    I hope he goes to a team with decent management and ownership. That eliminates him becoming a top 10 pick but at least he’d have a chance to succeed. He’s ready and has already graduated and will have his masters before the start of next season. Kind of a foregone conclusion that he wouldn’t be returning to Baylor.

    Good luck to a great kid with a lot of talent.

  6. crindal3000 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:00 PM

    Smart Kid.

  7. trojan33sc says: Jan 1, 2012 12:54 PM

    My Vikings need to trade up for RGIII, can’t take another status quo season !

  8. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:12 PM

    I’d like to see the Raiders draft him. Then they could dump that %^@# Terrelle Pryor.

  9. Deb says: Jan 1, 2012 7:34 PM

    RGIII is blessed to have other career options than sports. Perhaps like the great Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page, he’ll one day find himself in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and serving as a justice on a state Supreme Court. I just hope he doesn’t end up on a team as dysfunctional as the Colts, unless Irsay completely cleans out the current management team. The Dolphins need a good house-cleaning, too.

  10. ramsfanintexas says: Jan 1, 2012 7:48 PM

    The line, Redshirt Junior… is a bit mis-leading. The designation “junior” refers to his academic status. RGIII has graduated from Baylor University. He is currently working on his masters. His obligation to Baylor complete. No other “student athlete” would be expected to remain in school.

  11. vanmorrissey says: Jan 1, 2012 7:56 PM

    brutusbuckeye2011 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 3:12 PM
    I’d like to see the Raiders draft him. Then they could dump that %^@# Terrelle Pryor.

    Keep dreaming. Raiders start with what, 100th pick? That plus with what they gave up for Palmer, in your dreams, will NEVER happen.

  12. supremeomega says: Jan 2, 2012 7:13 AM

    @ Deb

    …as a fan who drove three time a year from Ohio to see the Colts I would love them to continue to dysfunction to 6 straight 12 win seasons two SB appearances a title 4-5 hall of famers and several runs at a perfect season…

    Bill Polian isn’t a good PR person but a good GM. Picking 30th every season for 6 years and paying Manning 16-20 mil per eventually took its toll and the talent poll has suffered. I doubt that you follow the Colts although your posts are generally intelligent. But in this case you don’t really know what you are talking about!

    Unlike most franchises who lose great QBs the Colts will get a shot to draft Luck or RG3 and reload quickly. If they draft well they can win a bad AFC south next year with 9-10 wins even if Luck is under center. They have talent on offense but had no QB all season. The defensive holes can be patched with a good slsrsft an free agent signings

  13. Deb says: Jan 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    @supremeomega …

    Apologies. My comment wasn’t intended to insult the Colts franchise, its fans, or its players. And while his father was one of the worst owners in league history, Jim Irsay has done well by the team.

    My comment was strictly directed at Polian, his son, and the management team they’ve assembled, including Caldwell. Bill Polian has never been my favorite person, but I’ve long admired him as a football guru–especially for what he built with the Bills in the 90s. But success can spoil people, and time takes its toll. I don’t know whether Polian’s ego has overcome his talent or whether age has made him sloppy and too reliant on a son that doesn’t share his gifts. But they’ve decimated that franchise.

    The loss of one player does not explain what’s happened to the Colts this season. Houston is an example of a team that’s continued to the playoffs without its first and second QBs. Pittsburgh made the Super Bowl last year after losing its first and second QBs for four weeks and its third halfway into that period. The Pats went 11-5 after losing Brady. But Indy doesn’t have the depth of personnel to weather that kind of storm, in part, because the person running your scouting department is a former race car driver with ZERO scouting experience. But he’s married to a family member. That’s just nuts.

    Team president Chris Polian reportedly is a tyrant who’s alienating everyone around him. Caldwell is a puppet who does what they tell him–even if it means throwing away a chance to go for an undefeated season. And how could you make Peyton Manning the then highest-paid player in league history without first discovering whether he could actually play???

    Bob Kravitz pulled the covers off a lot of this in an Indianapolis Star column in November, but unfortunately, it’s now pay-per-view. Here’s the link: http://www.indystar.com/article/20111106/SPORTS15/111060364/Kravitz-Who-s-blame-0-8-Colts-Chris-Polian-one?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

    I thought Polian jumped the shark when deliberately tanked the chance for the undefeated season in 2009. No, I’m not a Colts fan, but I respect the game and its players, and this whole thing disturbs me. You should check into this situation more thoroughly before assuming Bill and company are still as good as they once were.

  14. supremeomega says: Jan 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    @Deb

    I respect you but I have not missed a colts game in almost 15yrs and have been a die hard fan since they were in Baltimore. You are just parroting what the media is piling on. Kravitz has an agenda because he like other media have a poor relationship with Polian. The guy is I world class jerk for sure but not a poor talent evaluator.

    The NE comparison is ignorant as first of all that team was coming off a dominant 18-1 season and was a lucky catch from going undefeated. That team was better than recent colts teams by a mile and have a better coach. Cassel Is a decent NFL QB that threw for 30TDs with KC showing he has some talent. They way the Pats are built now they would only win 4-5 games without TB.

    Irsay chooses to run his franchise with family members and likes familiarity. I disagree but their scouting has been pretty good, Polian has drafted really well up to 07 had a really bad draft and a few mediocre ones. Last years draft was good and they will have a good one in 2012 with these top picks in each round. f you look at the drafts of teams who pick low annually the value is similar. Pitsburgh and New England are regressing talent wise but have their QBs healthy and are still winning. The Colts team that started 14-0 wasnt half as good as the teams from 04-07 but Manning covers holes.

    As for the tank vs the Jets, I didnt like it but the fact they lost the SB bothered me more.

    You are just reading other people’s thoughts. I hve seen every game. The Colts had a disaster of a year but are not a franchise in disarray. They get a good draft and are a 9-10 win team next year…

  15. Deb says: Jan 2, 2012 9:59 PM

    @supremeomega …

    Well, of course, I’m doing what everyone does–reading articles about the teams and forming opinions based on the coverage. We can’t be intimately familiar with all 32 teams. I don’t agree that Pittsburgh’s regressing talentwise. We’re in pretty good shape on defense to replace our aging linemen and linebackers with draft picks we’ve been grooming. Our receiving corps is killer. You can’t replace a Polamalu. He’s a once-in-a-generation player who’s redefined the position. That loss will hurt us. So will losing Ben. And we’ve got to do something about our line.

    I’ve always thought of Bill Polian as a football guru–although I don’t like him personally. Loved what he built in Buffalo in the ’90s. His handling of the ’09 season infuriated me. To quote Herm: You play to win the game. The Pats may have lost in ’07, but they went down fighting for it all. I believe the Packers would have done the same if they hadn’t gone down to the Chiefs. No offense, but I think that’s part of why you lost the SB. He went against what his team wanted. I’m sure it took a toll on their spirit.

    Yes, I’m relying to an extent on what the local Indy sportswriters are saying and maybe they’re wrong. As Steelers fans, we know Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette has the inside track on the team. Maybe that’s not the case for the guys at the Star. But having the same last name doesn’t make Chris the equal of his father in his prime. And how is a race car driver qualified to run scouting?

    If they get Manning back, I’m sure everything will turn around. But do you really think everything else should stay as is in that front office?

  16. Deb says: Jan 2, 2012 10:08 PM

    @supremeomega …

    Well, nevermind. I haven’t been online much today and just popped over to PFT to discover the Polians were shown the door. But so far Irsay’s keeping Caldwell. Interesting decision. Obviously I agree with him on the Polians, but I’m not sure about keeping the HC. Time will tell.

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