Robert Griffin III a real crowd pleaser

Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin III smiles while speaking to the media during a news...

Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin III smiles while speaking to the media during a news conference in New York Dec. 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - As impressive a young man as Andrew Luck was when he met the NFL press on Friday, it was the other rock star — Robert Griffin III — who simply blew away the room.

The Heisman-winning Baylor University quarterback was confident. Funny. Well-adjusted. Well-spoken.

Solid young man.

Perhaps most impressively, he exuded a calm maturity that's sure to impress the livin' hell out of NFL clubs when they begin their intensive interview process Friday night here at the scouting combine.

"RG3" answered all the questions just the way you'd want a potential Top 5 quarterback to do so. Blew me away, I'll tell ya.

For example, Griffin has got a kick out of seeing all the inaccurate listings of his height and weight over the years, especially recent ones suggesting he's really under 6-foot-2. Griffin was officially measured and weighed Friday morning by the NFL.

"I'm 6-2 and 3/8ths, and 223 — I wouldn't lie about my weight," he said in cracking up the room, one of more than half a dozen times he did so. "You know when I was in high school, I was 6-4, 200 pounds. So when I got to college I shrunk (a couple inches) and gained weight, so I was 6-2 and 220. And then I guess I just shrunk some more. So I was (reportedly) 6-foot, 190 now.

"But I'm 6-2 — and 3/8ths! — and 223."

On reports the Cleveland Browns are so in love with him they intend to move up to No. 2 in the draft to take him, Griffin quipped, "Well, I hope somebody falls in love with me, other than my fiancee. But that's what you want. As a player you want a team that really wants you — head coach, GM, owner, everybody. They really want you at that place, and the players believe in you."

On criticisms Griffin has fielded for having played in a spread offence in college in which he took so many snaps from the shotgun, Griffin had a pretty good answer.

"So do Tom Brady and Eli Manning — but that's beside the point."

More laughs.

Listen, he wasn't just a cutup, nervously looking for cheap laughs. He used the humour to effect, and it was clearly planned.

As with most well-rooted people, it all starts at home for Griffin — the product of having had to two parents serve for years in the U.S. military.

"I'm a military kid," he said. "Mom did 12 years, Dad did 21 and served in two wars. So discipline obviously was something that was huge. If you say you're going to do something, you do it. If you start something, you finish it. And, ya know, 'Yes, sir,' 'No, ma'am.'

"And you've got to have that kind of structure in your life, so it kind of helped me to be the disciplined person that I am, whether it's with workouts, film (study), or just the game of football."

Asked to compare himself to last year's draft phenom QB, Cam Newton, Griffin knew he could crack up the room again, and did.

"Well, ya know, Cam's a bigger guy. I think he's 6-5, 240, and I'm 6-2 and 3/8ths — I'm not letting that go!"

I think tellingly, he then said Newton's "confidence is off the charts. I try to keep my confidence on the charts. I'm a confident guy as well. You gotta be that way. If you don't think you're the best, you won't perform that way."

Griffin has the stats and on-field abilities to go with his strong character. He completed 72.4% of his passes in 13 games last fall — for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns, against only six interceptions. He also averaged four yards per carry in racking up another 699 yards on the ground. Unfortunately, Griffin has opted to not participate in on-field throwing drills with most other quarterbacks on Sunday morning.

Who has he tried to pattern his game after?

"Randall Cunningham. Steve Young," he said, before throwing a bone to the many old geysers aiming digital audio recorders his way, "and guys that people probably think I've never seen play, like Ken Stabler."

Who's he kidding? Well, everyone. We all broke up again.

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