Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III measured in at 6 feet, 2 and 3/8 inches, NFL.com's Gil Brandt reported this morning.
Baylor listed Griffin, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, as 6 feet, 2 inches and 220 pounds, and several draft gurus thought Griffin's height could be a concern if he was shorter than advertised. But Griffin's official measurement should only help his draft stock.
The Browns, who have the fourth and 22nd overall picks, are expected to interview Griffin tonight. Teams are allowed to have 15-minute meetings with 60 prospects at the combine.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said only four NFL starting quarterbacks in 2011 were shorter than 6-2: Colt McCoy of the Browns, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, Rex Grossman of the Washington Redskins and Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick, who's 6 feet tall, is the shortest of the group.
Height does matter to NFL teams, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman told reporters Thursday.
"We have specific alerts if a guy (does) not meet our minimum requirements for height," Spielman said. "But there also are some successful quarterback, the Michael Vicks of the world, the Drew Breeses of the world, that defy those odds."
Before the combine, Kiper said the hype surrounding RG3 would subside if he measured 6-1 or shorter.
"The height, you want to nitpick," Kiper said last month. “(Griffin is) not 6-3, 6-4. He’s listed as 6-2. When we interviewed him at the Heisman (ceremony), he said he’s a little over 6-2. Hopefully he is because if he’s 6-1, then there won’t be that buzz."
Griffin won't need to worry about that now.