Posted April 19, 2012

Mike Mayock: No red flags for Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

Mike Mayock doesn't see any concerns with Robert Griffin III's character. (AP)

On the same day that a report surfaced confirming the Colts’ plan to select Andrew Luck No. 1 overall next week, expected No. 2 draft pick Robert Griffin III took some shots from a couple of unnamed scouts who, in a piece by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s Bob McGinn, said that Griffin had “a little bit of a selfish streak” and that experts “are ignoring a lot of bad tape that he’s had.”

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has been a huge supporter of Griffin — not to mention the Redskins’ move up to No. 2 so they could select the Baylor QB. During a conference call Thursday, Mayock reiterated his faith in Griffin’s abilities.

“I didn’t see the report, and I haven’t seen any of those red flags,” Mayock said. “Now, I was only around the kid at the combine and his pro day — I spent some time with him in both situations — but I can speak much more adequately to what I’ve seen on tape.

“On tape, his character shows in his ability to win games, and (it showed) in the way his teammates rallied around him at his pro day. He has a naturally-charismatic personality that will draw people to him. Wide receivers are already lining up to play in Washington with him.”

SI’s Don Banks wrote Thursday about how the D.C. area has already fully embraced Griffin, who, barring a colossal surprise on draft day, will find himself in a Redskins uniform next season, with the expectation being that he can step in as the starter.

For his part, Griffin commented on McGinn’s report Thursday, saying: “It’s just when the draft gets closer, everybody’s going to try and find something wrong with you to try and pull you down, so I’m not going to sit here and argue that, well, that guy is dead wrong. But I think the people that know me — and even the people in the media have seen — know I’m not a selfish guy.”

Washington coughed up a small fortune to jump to the No. 2 spot in the draft. The Redskins gave St. Louis their 2012, 2013 and 2014 first-round picks, plus a 2012 second-rounder, in exchange for this year’s second selection.

Mayock, though, said Griffin’s ceiling is high enough that the trade was worthwhile for Washington.

“I give Mike Shanahan and that organization a ton of credit,” Mayock said. “You can argue all you want about if they gave away too many draft picks. But at the end of the day, if this kid is as good as he can be, it won’t matter.”

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