Motor > How Dedicated is he to Conditioning his body & Mentally Mastering this Great Game?
Accuracy > Projection of the Projection or Anticipatory Vision > How consistently well does he Lead his Targets?
Diagnostics > Precision & Speed > How Effectively & Rapidly does he Process his Progressions + Read & React?
Arm Strength is vastly overrated, and scrambling ability, while exciting, is ultimately worse than useless, because History makes it clear that Scramblers, over the years ~ and indeed, the same could be said about the thousands of QuarterBacks who've failed despite a great Arm ~ ultimately fail to focus all their energy on QuarterBacking.
Mobility, alike, is vastly overrated. Steve Young is the only Scrambler who ever won a Super Bowl, and he won it because he was on a great team, because Barry Switzer can't coach at the NFL level or the CowBoys would've rolled the Miners again in 1994, and because he eased up on the scrambling. He became a QuarterBack.
Mind you: I'd hardly suggest that Arm Strength isn't nice to have...But the temptation to let'er rip ~ and to relying on that Capacity ~ can have a crippling effect on developing those skills that most matter, deep in the Heart of Winter.
And often they have been.
Countless times, in fact.
And don't get me started on Scrambling.
Motor, Accuracy, and Diagnostics are what ultimately win Championships.
It's not as easy as simply counting the Rings, because Fortune & Circumstance play a large part in the Fates of Men. And it sure as Hell isn't racking up gaudy Statistic during the regular Season. It's the Capacity and the Will to do the thousands of little things that put one's team in the best position to win, day in and day out ~ and doing them well ~ that is the ultimate measure of any QuarterBack, albeit one ~ ironically ~ that's impossible to quantify.
It's the ability to Read & React with Speed & deadly Accuracy against the nastiest, wiliest Defenses on the Planet, deep in the Heart of Winter...and the Will to dedicate Years to intensive Training & Study in order to be able to.
That is what separates Tom Brady from the Pack ~ including Peyton Manning, thank you ~ and always has been.
Accuracy > Raw, but with excellent Potential. Griffin has a superior Arm, and one that could become exceptional with improved Mechanics. As it is, his Mechanics are pretty good, and he's got a real sweet Delivery on Short Routes. He needs Work on the Intermediate & DownField Routes, as both'is Timing & Accuracy are inconsistent.
Diagnostics > Mixed Bag, here, but with intriguing Potential. He makes mistakes in Diagnosis of the Field before'm, but he commands excellent Pocket Presence, and tremendous Processing Speed, rapidly reading his Progressions, and the combination of these two attributes inform me that his mistakes are those of Analysis, not Panic.
Not to make excuses for the kid: My objective is to understand, as best I can, the context of what I see and read. My Scouting Reports ~ as I call them ~ are based on a fraction of the information to which Professional Scouting Departments are privy, which means that I need to burn the Little Grey Cells ~ as Agatha Christie would say ~ at an intense and extended rate to attempt to divine and discern what I'm really looking at, here.
As such, I see some mistakes, yes: Errant Passes. Missed Open Receivers. Leading Receivers into ZoomSplats.
But I also see tremendous Pocket Presence: He's strong, he's steady, and he doesn't tend to Panic. When he feels Pressure ~ and it comes often behind that Line!! ~ his first instinct is to Climb the Pocket, as opposed to skittering away. And his eyes usually stay DownField. These are not things I would say about most Prospects in this Draft.
And I see Griffin often going to 2nd & 3rd Receivers, and appearing to Rapidly Read through Progressions in so doing. This strongly suggests that he is blessed with excellent Processing Speed, the most vital of all Attributes ~ even more so than Diagnostic Acuity or PinPoint Accuracy ~ for Success at The Next Level.
And when I put those two Attributes together, and I consider, also, the circumstances of an horrible Offense, an awful Defense, and an entirely new Coaching staff & Offensive System, I am strongly inclined to deduce that the mistakes that I see among the many, many wise decisions are the result not of Panic nor an incapacity to learn or perhaps to master an NFL Level System...but rather of being virtually the only NFL caliber Player on a bad Team, of spending nearly his entire Season playing against a Defense that knew he had to pass on almost every Down, and of being so far behind so often that chucking it DownField and taking Risks became necessary.
At the end of the day, based on Observation, the observations of others, and an healthy dose of Deduction ~ and believe me, for I have absolutely no problem and indeed take pleasure in admitting it: Deduction plays a significant part in every one of my Scouting Reports!! ~ I believe that Ryan Griffin brings the following to the table:
1 ~ A strong Arm that will produce tremendous Accuracy at all levels of the Field, once he's refined his Mechanics.
2 ~ Tremendous FootBall Intelligence ~ both outstanding Processing Speed and excellent Diagnostic Acuity.
3 ~ A tremendous Motor, a ferocious Work Ethic, and remarkable, adversity-forged Toughness.
Whether or not he ever gets the Opportunity that my Perception of'm warrants, we shall see.
Perceived Market Value