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February 26, 2012

Robert Griffin III runs combine's second*-fastest time ever for a QB

INDIANAPOLIS – Robert Griffin III confirmed Sunday what everyone already knows: He is fast.

The Baylor quarterback ran faster than most receivers at the combine, including his own, Kendall Wright. Griffin clocked an official (electronic) time of 4.41. Some scouts had Griffin with hand-held times as fast as 4.34.

Only Reggie McNeal ever was faster at the position in the 40-yard dash at the combine. McNeal, a quarterback at A&M who was drafted as a receiver by the Bengals, ran a 4.35 in 2006. *There were reports that Michael Vick had run faster in 2001. He did, running a 4.33, but it was at his Pro Day and not at the combine. Vick didn't run at the combine, according to National Football Scouting.

Griffin is a former AAU, state and Big 12 champion in track. He earned NCAA All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles in 2008 with a 49.46.

“Fast guys run fast,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said of Griffin, who also had a vertical jump of 39 inches Sunday. “…I knew he was going to fly. To be honest, I didn’t care whether it was 4.31 or 4.41 or 4.51. I already knew how athletic the kid is, and you knew what he was from a track guy anyway. I expected him to fly and look great.”

Only six receivers ran faster than Griffin ran Sunday. Three receivers ran the day’s fastest time at 4.36. Wright ran a disappointing 4.61.

Griffin told the NFL Network that he has met with the Dolphins, Chiefs, Browns and Redskins, among others, at the combine. He has not talked to the Seahawks.

The Class of 2012’s top-rated quarterback, Andrew Luck, ran an official time of 4.67.

Neither Luck nor Griffin passed at the combine. Griffin will throw at Baylor’s Pro Day on March 21, while Luck throws the next day.

 -- Charean Williams


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Another ticket-seller. Ooh! A fast QB! Ooh! He's a playmaker!

Vince Young. Michael Vick. Cam Newton. DeMarcus Russell. Tim Tebow. And on and on and on.

I don't want my QB running. I want my QB throwing. Owners and GMs fall in love with a guy based on stats and looks, not heart. Too bad there isn't a way to gauge that.

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