After a sweaty workout at the University of South Florida that generated plaudits from former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, Robert Griffin III said Friday it's not a foregone conclusion the Indianapolis Colts will bypass him for Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in next month's NFL draft.
The Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor was in Tampa to participate in Gruden's ESPN quarterback camp just 48 hours after his Pro Day in Waco, Texas, attracted new Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Indy quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, a former Tampa Bay assistant.
Also on hand at Baylor's indoor practice facility Wednesday were Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and coach Mike Shanahan. Two weeks ago, Washington traded three first-round picks to St. Louis for the right to pick second overall behind the Colts.
"If you say you don't want to be picked No. 1, that means you're not a competitor," Griffin said after completing a series of passing drills coordinated by Gruden. "In my mind, there are two No. 1 picks this year and you never know what's going to happen on draft day."
Griffin led the nation in passing efficiency at Baylor, beating out Luck for the Heisman while throwing 36 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.
Many pro scouts believe Luck will thrive as a pocket passer at the NFL level while Griffin's rare athleticism stamps him as a dual threat, in the style of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2011.
"These two guys (Luck and Griffin) are not only great talents, but they're great people," said Gruden, who worked Luck out in Tampa earlier this month in anticipation of an ESPN special to be aired before the draft. "It's tough to pick between these guys. Just like the Heisman, you could have gone either way. They're both big, fast and passionate about football."
Griffin said his day in the Bay area, starting out with film study in Gruden's office, was time well spent.
"Coach Gruden is a legend with a great quarterback mind," he said. "They show him on TV getting after guys, but he's all about preparation. He says if you know what you're doing, you'll be a confident quarterback. His message is, 'Don't set yourself up for a fall by not preparing properly.'
"I've gotten to know Andrew Luck a little and he's a good guy. I wish him the best and we know we're always going to be compared to each other."