Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went one-two in the 2012 draft. It turns out that at one point they were one-two in Jim Harbaugh's heart as well.
Griffin this week confirmed that, back in 2007, then Stanford coach Harbaugh was pressing hard for Griffin to join his Cardinal club. Harbaugh already had reeled in Luck, who like Griffin was from Texas, and he tried to sell Griffin on a two-quarterback system.
Harbaugh spent time in Griffin's home. Griffin spent time at Stanford. In the end, however, he decided to stay in state and joined coach Art Briles at Baylor.
One of Harbaugh's annual rites since he's become an NFL head coach has been to go to the scouting combine and ask former recruiting targets why they ultimately turned him down. "Yeah, he did bring that up," Griffin said with a laugh when asked about last year's combine.
Was it a funny or serious conversation? "It was a funny conversation," Griffin said. "He really wanted me to go there to play quarterback. I liked it at that time (but) at the end of the day just figured it wasn't the best option for me. He wasn't happy about it, but he was still very professional about it."
Griffin said he wasn't turned off about the prospect of sharing playing time with Luck. "I was graduating early and Stanford was allowing early graduates to be enrolled," he said. "That was the biggest issue."
During the 2012 combine, Harbaugh remembered thinking that Griffin would be part of his quarterback tree. "Thought we were really doing well with Robert," he said. "Loved looking at his transcript. He was a 4.0 student in high school. His test scores were extremely high. I mean, this to me was a Stanford guy. This was a Stanford kid. And then ... he was going to go (elsewhere). That left a bruise. I really liked Robert. I really wanted Robert on our team."
- Matt Barrows