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Robert Griffin III adds to the hype with blazing 40-yard dash time

Posted by: under Vikings Updated: February 26, 2012 - 10:57 AM

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III bypassed the opportunity to throw Sunday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. His explanation was straightforward.

“You don’t go somewhere and run a game plan you never practice, throw to guys you don’t practice with in an environment you’re not prepared for.”

Yet everything else the Heisman Trophy winner has done at the combine has registered as impressive. His enthusiasm, intelligence and quick wit have been obvious during his interviews with the media and with coaches and general managers of NFL teams.

“He’s the type of person you’d like to go and get,” Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said. “Not only was he sharp in football, but he was sharp about life.”

On top of that, Griffin generated additional buzz Sunday with his blinding 40-yard dash, officially clocking at 4.38 seconds.

Griffin’s continued success likely proves most heartening to the St. Louis Rams, owners of the No. 2 pick for April’s draft and eager to entertain trade offers from quarterback-needy teams.

The Rams’ plans at No. 2, of course, will have the most significant impact on what the Vikings can do with the third pick.

And what kind of dilemma would the Vikings face April 26 if RG3 was still on the board when they went on the clock at No. 3? Let's just say that general manager Rick Spielman would face a pressure-packed decision with major stakes.

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