INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor looks on during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is in NYC for all the NFL Pre-Draft events. By now, he knows he is going No. 2 overall to the Washington Redskins, and he's got a pretty good idea why he will get selected there and not No. 1 overall (which he claimed back in February that he wanted).
Griffin and Luck both had impressive Pro Days, but the Colts wanted to host both for private workouts to take final looks at each passer. Luck obliged. Griffin did not.
After Griffin turned the Colts down, the team stopped showing interest in him, he said.
"They offered me a private workout and we refused. I didn’t do any private workouts for anybody," Griffin said. "After that, I think feelings might’ve been hurt or something like that. I went to D.C. on a visit and [Indianapolis] didn’t offer a visit at all, and so we kind of knew what direction they were going. But Andrew’s their guy. You can’t be mad about that."
Now, to be fair to Griffin, the worst kept secret in the NFL was that the Colts made up their mind on the No. 1 pick a long time ago. If you believe Bill Polian, the former president and vice chairman of the Colts who was fired the day after the 2011 regular season ended, owner Jim Irsay had decided on Luck as far back as early January.
Thus, because Irsay's infatuation with Luck was just THAT obvious, I can understand Luck's agent not seeing value in doing a private workout for Indianapolis.
However, if Griffin truly wanted to be taken No. 1 overall, don't you think he should have moved heaven and earth to appease the Colts? Shouldn't he have done anything and everything to get them to change their mind about Luck? When his agent told him, "They're taking Luck," a player who really wants to go No. 1 to Indy probably would have said, "Let's get them to see they're making a mistake." Again, this is assuming RG3 really wanted to go No. 1 overall.
Personally, I don't think he cared, which is why he balked on the private workouts.