Biography: Four-year starter awarded the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Manning Award and named an All-America last year. Passing numbers last year included 72.4%/4293 yards/37 TDs/6 interceptions with 179 attempts/699 yards/10 TDs on the ground. Junior passing totals included 67%/3501/22/8 with 635 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Positives: Incredibly athletic signal caller who has displayed tremendous development as a passer. Patient in the pocket, buys as much time as possible for receivers and shows great poise. Eludes pass rushers and displays terrific awareness. Looks away from covered receivers, almost always makes good decisions and remains calm at all times. Keeps his eyes downfield when rolling outside the pocket and loses little throwing on the move. Throws a catchable pass, accurate down the field and puts air under throws, giving receivers a chance. Displays solid pass placement and rarely has receivers waiting on throws or reaching back to grab the errant tosses. Takes the safe underneath outlet if nothing else is available. Always in command of the offense and in control of the situation. Displays toughness and will play through pain. Fast and elusive carrying the ball with the ability to create yardage and beat defenders into the open field.
Negatives: Not a big pocket passer and struggles withstanding the rush. Takes his snaps almost exclusively from the shotgun.
Analysis: Griffin has shown great improvement in his game the past four years. He combines athleticism with a strong arm and terrific football intelligence to get the job done. His ability to improvise when things break down as well as patiently sit in the pocket and make proper choices is very attractive. Griffin is a mature person off the field and a terrific player on it and possesses all the tools necessary to lead a franchise.
David E. Klutho
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