INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL quarterbacks must play well to remain viable.
How well they handle the spotlight matters, too.
The impression Baylor's Robert Griffin III made during his NFL scouting combine media debut suggested the quarterback will have little trouble in that department.
Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford stood out as quarterback material in previous combine sessions, but it was tough to recall a combine prospect as personable, comfortable, balanced and sharp as Griffin sounded at Lucas Oil Stadium. He came off as a natural, mixing humor with succinct points and rolling with whatever questions a large gathering of reporters threw his way.
On what he'd say if a team asked, "Who are you?": "That sounds like a paper from my English class. ... I'm just really excited to show them who I am as a person -- happy-go-lucky, like to make people laugh, but know when to be serious as well."
On the Cleveland Browns possibly falling in love with him: "I hope somebody falls in love with me, other than my fiancee. You want a team that really wants you, the head coach, GM, owner, everybody."
On concerns about his height: "In high school I was 6-4 and 200 pounds. When I got to college, I shrunk an inch and gained weight, so I was 6-2, 220. I guess they thought I shrunk some more, so I was 6-1 and 190."
What he wants to show NFL teams: "That our offense isn't simple, that it's not the traditional spread where we're in shotgun all the time, although we are in shotgun a lot, and, you know, so was Tom Brady and Eli Manning in the Super Bowl, but that is beside the point."
On Carolina's staff tailoring its offense to Cam Newton: "I think those elements they brought out show how good of coaches they are. If you go back and work to a player's strengths, it can be great, but I'm not going to be the one who walks in the door with five plays from Baylor and is like, 'Hey, we gotta run these.' If they want to do that, I'm more than happy to go with that. ... My job is to learn their offense and be respectful that way."
On his upbringing: "Military kid, so both my parents were in the military. Mom did 12 years, Dad did 21, served in two wars, so discipline was something that was obviously huge. If you say you are going to do something, you do it. If you start it, you finish it. Yes, sir; no, ma'am. You gotta have that kind of structure in your life. It kind of helped me be that disciplined person I am, whether it's with workouts, film or just the game of football."
On possibly playing behind Peyton Manning: "I would embrace it. It's not very often you get chances to be on a team with a legend like that and learn from a guy like Peyton. I'd come in to compete to be that starter, but I wouldn't be upset if Peyton Manning was the starting quarterback on the team that I was on. I'd hold that clipboard with pride."
Sounds like the NFC West guy had better get moving.