Quarterback Robert Griffin III wowed reporters with his poise, confidence and sense of humor Friday, and then dropped a little surprise: he met with the Eagles Thursday night.
Griffin, expected to be drafted as high as number two overall, was asked about his schedule and volunteered the info, noting that his next meetings are with Cleveland and Kansas City, two teams with considerably larger quarterback needs.
It's a surprise, but I wouldn't read too much into it for the Eagles. Likely they are doing their due diligence so they can be prepared just in case there is some unlikely turn of events that puts Griffin within reach -- maybe an unexpected tumble down draft boards, or a trade offer from a team picking early. The Eagles are here anyway, and it's hard to see what they would lose by taking the time to meet Griffin.
They have three picks in the first two rounds, so they have ammunition to move up, but, again, it would be a surprise if they would try to draft a top tier quarterback. For one thing, Andy Reid needs a big year, so drafting a prospect to sit for a season behind Mike Vick doesn't make much sense when they need someone who can make an immediate impact. (The Eagles have to pay Vick for 2012, so he's not going anywhere).
More importantly, I've long argued that if there is a coaching change approaching soon -- either through Reid's choice or management's -- it doesn't make sense to let Reid pick the next franchise quarterback. Whoever takes over next will have his own vision and want his own man to lead the team, not a leftover from the previous regime. It wouldn't be wise to invest in a young franchise quarterback only to have to change course again in a few years.
So while the Griffin interview perked up my ears when I heard about it, I doubt we'll see him wearing green this year.