INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III announced something that was a little bit more surprising than the fact that he was wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle socks. Griffin told the reporters in the media lounge at the Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday that he met with the Eagles on Thursday night.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is in contention to be the No. 1 overall pick, which is held by the Colts. If Griffin is not selected No. 1, he is expected to be picked No. 2 with teams possibly moving up to obtain that pick. The St. Louis Rams, who have a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, hold the No. 2 spot.
The Eagles have the No. 15 overall pick and already have a franchise quarterback of their own in Michael Vick. General manager Howie Roseman spoke excitedly on Thursday about the chance to have Vick for a full offseason as the starting quarterback, something he has yet to have with the Eagles. Roseman also explained that the Eagles want to operate in the draft as if they are a franchise team, building from scratch. If the Eagles believe Griffin is one of the elite players in the draft, it only makes sense that the team does its homework.
As a junior, Griffin completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards and threw 37 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Griffin led the nation in "points responsible for" with 22.15 per game.
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