Whitlock: Robert Griffin III lowered his draft stock with his great 40 time
His latest masterpiece: Robert Griffin III lowered his draft stock by running a phenomenally fast 40 yard dash.
No, really. His argument is that Griffin is TOO talented, and that he might rely too much on his natural abilities and neglect the hard work that got him to this point in his career.
I can understand how someone like Whitlock would think this way, since he has clearly never done anything to improve himself in his life, whether physically or in his writing. He has his cushy job writing trash that incites the masses, with complete disregard for what anyone else thinks, or what is actually true.
The thing is, anyone who has actually watched Griffin play or listened to him speak would know that this is a guy who won't just rest on his laurels. He's going to do whatever it takes to be an outstanding QB. If he fails in the NFL, it won't be due to lack of effort.
Whitlock compares RG3 to Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Steve Young, all of whom didn't really learn how to be pocket passers right off the bat in the NFL.
One thing that he forgot is that "mobile QB" is no longer a novelty in the NFL. Griffin isn't the first QB to show up in the NFL with a little speed. He has a strong grasp of football history, and you can be sure that he understands what made guys like vick struggle early in his career, and he'll do everything he can to avoid the same pitfalls. We also know that Vick had his own issues, and never bothered actually putting in any effort until his career went down the toilet and was resurrected in Philadelphia.
Griffin's speed should be treated the same way as his arm, his intelligence and his willingness to learn... as an asset, not a liability. Once again, Whitlock swung and missed.