said. “Coach Shanahan is as advertised: a great coach, good person. His son is really stepping up and doing a lot of things in D.C. with that team. They like to have fun, but they also know when to get serious.”
Griffin struck the same balance during his workout.
He walked onto the field holding the hand of his 4-year-old niece, Jania, who was dressed in a Baylor cheerleader uniform. The speakers bumped with a mix of hip-hop music that Griffin selected. He strayed from his normal R&B tastes.
“I don’t think there will be ‘Thriller’ at any other pro days,” he cracked. “I put some rap on there for those guys because they’d be mad if Usher started playing.”
Griffin’s 33 warm-up passes preceded 51 scripted throws. He went through every type of throw an NFL quarterback makes — deep outs, comebacks, crossing routes, swing passes, etc. He rolled out from sideline to sideline and on some throws stepped over staggered pads on the ground to accentuate his quick feet.
Terry Shea, a former college and NFL quarterbacks coach, oversaw Griffin’s workout. Griffin was the latest high-profile quarterback prospect to train with Shea during the pre-draft process, following 2010 No. 1 pick Sam Bradford.
“His passing mechanics are just what you want from the shoulders up,” Shea said. “He’s got a nice, high release point. He just needs to know when he needs to soften the throw versus drive the throw. That was another feature I tried to really work with him on. From the waist down, that’s how I approached it.”
Griffin was quite sharp. He was light on his feet — evidence of his background as an elite hurdler in track and field — and threw strongly and accurately. Four of his six incompletions were dropped by receivers.
After one completion, he flashed that characteristic wide smile and did a toned-down version of the high-step celebration that has been replayed on highlight reels since the middle of last season.
His final throw was a screen to highly touted receiver prospect Kendall Wright. After releasing the ball, Griffin sprinted deep on his own pass pattern. Wright lofted a long, high pass that Griffin caught and ran into the end zone. His teammates raced over and mobbed him.
With the pro day behind him now, Griffin has to wait to learn where he’s headed. Indianapolis Colts brass also were here Wednesday, and the Colts could decide Griffin is worth the top pick instead of Luck.
In the meantime, Griffin will take a deep breath and prepare for what’s next.
“I think everything will start sinking in,” he said. “I still don’t think it’s sunk in that I won the Heisman. I’ll be able to reflect back on the season, appreciate those types of things and realize that although I wanted to ‘be like Mike’ when I was growing up, now I get to go out and be in the NFL.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan (left) speaks Wednesday with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III at Baylor’s pro day in Waco, Texas.