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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



February 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

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Robert Griffin III measures up to expectations

INDIANAPOLIS -- The tale of the tape read 6 feet 2.

"And three-eighths," Robert Griffin III. "I'm not letting that one go."

No. He most certainly was not. He's heard people wonder whether he was really 6-2, a question that was answered definitively on Friday at the scouting combine.

"We didn't lie about my height," Griffin said.

No, they did not. He was listed at 6-4, 200 pounds coming out of high school, he lost an inch and gained 20 pounds when he enrolled in college and some wondered if he was really closer to 6 feet.

Griffin's media interview was nothing short of impressive, and that's coming from someone who has never thought much of the media interviews at the scouting combine. Players are made available only before they do any of the physical workouts. They are inevitably asked how they hope to perform, they invariably express the hope and confidence they'll test well.

Griffin was something else on Friday. He was relaxed, he was poised and I think Eric Williams of the Tacoma New Tribune had the best description afterward when he commented that Griffin seemed so very comfortable at the podium talking to nearly 100 reporters and at least two dozen television cameras. It was really remarkable.

He showed off his Ninja Turtles socks, talked about how Baylor's offense is more complex than people think and handled every question thrown his way.

He was asked about the possibility the Cleveland Browns fall in love with him and trade up to the No. 2 pick to choose him.

"I hope somebody falls in love with me," he said. "Other than my fiancee."

Well, how about getting picked by Indianapolis and winding up as a backup to Peyton Manning?

No problem, Griffin said. He would compete as best he could, and if he wound up the backup, "I'd hold that clipboard with pride," he said.

As for Baylor's offense? Well, it's true the Bears often lined up in the shotgun, "So were Tom Brady and Eli Manning in the Super Bowl, but that's beside the point."

He really was remarkably engaging.

On Thursday, Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked about what he looks for in a quarterback.

"It just has to be somebody that can tilt the room, tilt the building," Schneider said. "The head coach and the quarterback are the most important people in the building. You know, when the quarterback walks in the room, they've all got to turn around and look at him and say, 'There he is.' "

And while a media interview may not mean all that much in the grand scheme of things, Griffin's performance at the podium on Friday showed that kind of presence that shifted the room.


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