Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will leave Baylor and declare for the upcoming NFL Draft in April.
According to a report on ESPN, the Baylor quarterback has already informed head coach Art Briles of his decision.
Griffin has one year of collegiate eligibility available and prior media reports reports had been split about whether he would return to Baylor or turn pro. According to the ESPN report, Griffin was expected to sign with an agent as early as Tuesday evening, effectively ending his college eligibility according to NCAA rules.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the Draft is this Sunday, Jan. 15.
While Stanford’s Andrew Luck is expected to be the top player — and top quarterback — chosen in the upcoming draft, Griffin’s entry into the draft could cause a significant ripple in potential draft plans of other teams. Various teams that may not have had a quarterback high in their draft plans originally may now change those plans in light of Griffin’s availability.
Griffin, 21, threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 37 touchdowns during the 2011 season for the Bears. He was intercepted just six times. He also rushed for nearly 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s been compared to Cam Newton for his versatility, but Griffin does not have Newton’s overall speed.