Robert Griffin III's stellar workout Sunday at the NFL Combine put the St. Louis Rams' second-overall pick in this year's draft into question.
The Rams already have a first-overall pick at quarterback in former Sooner Sam Bradford and, as ESPN.com reported Monday, are likely to trade the pick. Griffin's workout likely cemented him as one of the top two picks along with Stanford's Andrew Luck.
ESPN.com reported that the Rams have already decided to trade the pick and have had discussions with the Browns (No. 4 pick), the Redskins (No. 6) and Dolphins (No. 8). They have also discussed a potential trade with teams out of the top 10.
That report, though, did not stop “Pardon the Interruption” hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon from discussing whether or not the Rams should keep Bradford or trade him in favor of drafting Griffin.
Here is a transcript of Monday's discussion:
Kornheiser: Robert Griffin III had a big weekend at the NFL Combine. He ran a spectacular 4.41, the third-fastest time in the 40 for a quarterback ever. (The) St. Louis Rams have the No. 2 overall pick. They also have Sam Bradford, a former No. 1-overall pick at quarterback. Wilbon, I am putting you on the clock. If you were the Rams, would you think about trading Bradford and drafting RG3?
Wilbon: No, I wouldn't think about it. I'd trade him. It wouldn't be dependent on the Combine results. I told you this a month ago when you asked me this question right here, and I said I would trade Sam Bradford.
This is the eye test. Not the squat and jump, not the cone test, not the Combine. I would trade him because I think RG3 with the eye test has a much, much, much greater upside than Sam Bradford.
TK: Sam Bradford had a pretty good year two years ago.
MW: He was 8-8, I think. That's fine.
TK: With a team that the year before was oh-and-10,000.
MW: I'll take RG3, you can stay with Sam Bradford, we play it out and we see who wins six years from now.
TK: If I'm the Rams, this is what I am thinking right now: RG3 looks very good and he did this athletic thing that was extraordinary, but he didn't throw. I need a quarterback; I don't want Michael Vick. I don't want a guy who is going to run.
MW: You didn't see him throw? You weren't scouting his games?
TK: I don't think he threw at the Combine is what I'm saying.
MW: Did you see him throw against live opponents, defenses?
TK: What I'm going to need to believe in is, that as a quarterback, he gives me better than Bradford gives me. Now what helps ... there's two things that helps. One is if Bradford's contract under the old bargaining agreement is way higher. So you get RG3 cheaper. And the second thing that helps is Cam Newton. Because you look and go, “Wow, Cam Newton as a runner and a passer looked very good.” But again Mike, I'm not going to give up on Bradford if I don't think RG3 can throw the ball as well.
MW: I'm sorry. Did RG3 throw it his senior year? Did we just miss that. In other words, those things don't count. Only the Combine counts.
TK: I think for scouts and GMs the Combine really counts.
MW: Why are scouts employed? Why don't they just bring in evaluators to the Combine and forget going to these college games?
TK: I think for pro teams the Combine does count. I think it does.
MW: I'd like to see them beat some defenses and RG3 did that. That's me.