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2 NFL scouts anonymously question RG3's talent
April 20, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Your Humble Correspondent has been around long enough - some would say, too long - that there should be nothing that moves the needle the surprise meter. It makes perfect sense that with more coverage and more attention to a particular subject, there will also be more criticism.

But YHC is flabbergasted and, yes, surprised to read that the NFL Draft process has produced a couple of negative comments about Robert Griffin III.

Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner isn't perfect. And it can be said that YHC is prejudiced in favor of RG3. But comments surfaced this week that make YHC question the judgment of some folks who are employed to be NFL scouts.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel annually polls over a dozen scouts and gathers their anonymous opinions on the upcoming NFL Draft. One scout said of RG3: "I don't think he has vision or pocket feel ... He's just running around winging it." Another scout believes that Griffin is selfish and said, "He doesn't treat anybody good."

You can theorize why the negative comments are coming out with the draft a week away. Mike Freeman of believes the criticism of Cam Newton last season and Griffin this year might be based on the color of their skin.

As we know, everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone has an opinion just like they have a certain body part. YHC has no clue what the NFL seeks in a quarterback. Apparently, though, film study, the NFL Combine, on-campus pro days, private workouts, Wunderlich testing are just some of the tangibles that NFL teams use to try to make an exact science out of predicting future success.

All YHC knows is what he sees. Griffin's talent, leadership and personality helped transform a school known as a laughable loser into a winner. RG3 has size, speed, intelligence and an arm that can throw tight spirals 60 yards to a streaking receiver or a fast ball 15 yards into a tight space. If Cam Newton can be a successful NFL quarterback, YHC believes RG3 can be a successful NFL quarterback.

Will Griffin play in the NFL for 15 years, perhaps win a couple of Super Bowl titles? YHC thinks the answer could be "yes" but if YHC could predict the future he would have bought stock in Apple 30 years ago.

Perhaps these comments from two NFL scouts are examples of two folks tired of hearing all the hosannas thrown at RG3. Perhaps in five years, if Griffin is a bust, the one scout can say, "Remember the guy who said Griffin just runs around and wings it? That was me."

But the scout who said Robert Griffin III "doesn't treat anybody good?" YHC doesn't need to know a football player from a ballerina to say, "Wrong." YHC isn't sure which team that scout works for, it's likely a that team isn't head to the Super Bowl in the near future.

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