GRIF­FIN

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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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Red­skins coach Mike Shana­han (left) speaks Wed­nes­day with Heis­man Tro­phy-win­ning quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III at Bay­lor’s pro day in Waco, Texas.

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