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Griffin Already On NFL’s Cerebral QB List

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 13, 2012 – 5:41 pm

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With 13 days to go before the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, experts are already drawing unfair comparisons between players and handing out premature accolades to draft prospects.

‘Tis the season, after all.

In a recent discussion of the NFL’s “most cerebral” quarterbacks, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com made the argument that some signal callers in the NFL held a distinct intellectual advantage over their peers.  It isn’t scientific or formulaic in nature, but the players generally considered to be the best are being called the “most cerebral.”

The list includes the Broncos’ Peyton Manning, the Saints’ Drew Brees and the Patriots’ Tom Brady.  Rosenthal gives credit to up-and-comers like the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and the Bengals’ Andy Dalton.  It even throws Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under the bus for failing to make the list.

But it also includes the name of one soon-to-be NFL quarterback who is already considered to be among the NFL’s “most cerebral.”  Whatever that means:

3. Robert Griffin III: Just listen to the kid talk and look at his track record at Baylor. Griffin’s pocket awareness and smarts will take him even further than his amazing speed.

With all of the speculation concerning the Redskins No. 2 overall pick, this should come as great news for Redskins fans, even if the standards are totally wishy-washy.

“Just listen to the kid talk?”  Griffin sounds smart, polished–even worldly in his interviews–but that’s not the best indication of football intellect.  I’m not disagreeing with the sentiment expressed, I just wish they were based upon a tangible standard.

For example, does Rosenthal know that Griffin spent his 2011 Heisman season as a graduate student with a 3.67 G.P.A.?  For his efforts, he earned second team Capital One Academic All-America honors.

Outside of the classroom, Griffin is a regular Renaissance Man, dabbling in poetry, film, digital media, and law (via CSN Washington):

So even though Griffin’s inclusion on this list may be curious, he clearly has the cerebral talent to warrant his name on the list.


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9 Responses to “Griffin Already On NFL’s Cerebral QB List”

  1. By RussianBreadMaker on Apr 14, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t get it, isn’t this a good list to be on?

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Apr 14, 2012 | Reply

    @RussianBreakMaker–

    It is a good list, I was just giving the reasons that were lacking, and pointing out the fact that he’s already on an NFL list. Tis all :)

  3. By RussianBreadMaker on Apr 14, 2012 | Reply

    To me, Luck comes off as a dufus. I hope to hell that the Colts take Luck.

  4. By Kent Muir on Apr 14, 2012 | Reply

    I have now watched every game RG3 has played at Baylor starting from the first game his freshman year when after a couple series he was put into line-up. Even managed to find some high school tapes on him. The dude is for real. I would be devastated if Irsay and Co. take Griffin. RG3 is exactly what we Redskin fans have been waiting for. Mobility of Vick, competitiveness of Tebow, accuracy of Brees, intelligence of Manning, and the swagger of Brady. He is Washington’s savior. HTTR

  5. By Barry Moyer on Apr 15, 2012 | Reply

    I Agree that Luck comes off as a dufus in interviews I’ve seen, compared to Griffin but there are quite a few great QB’s who come off that way. Bradshaw is a fine example…a complete moron but a great QB. Won’t it be nice when the games begin and we can all stop with these little entertainments?

  6. By Ryan on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone who can obtain a degree at Stanford would be far from a “Dufus.” Ya, he does sound kinda dumb when he talks….but so does P.Manning.

  7. By DRDEATH420 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Brian weres the flech signing post ? My local newspaper said it was a done deal saturday.

  8. By David W on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Luck will be the better choice. How many times in the past have great prospects with huge overblown talent, bombed when coming to Washington? Several in the past 11 years. RGIII a God? The guy had one great year..are you kidding me? Of three years, 1 he was out due to ACL, and the other after 3-4 games, he was injured again, which ended his season. I really think people are banking too much on RGIII.

  9. By Burnt on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with David

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