The Redskins made it official on Thursday night, selecting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Griffin immediately becomes the Redskins’ franchise quarterback, even if he doesn’t assume the starting job right away.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the Redskins’ selection of Griffin at 8:14 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Griffin walked onto the stage and put a Redskins cap on and posed for photos with his new Redskins jersey with Goodell.
Griffin, 6-2 and 220 pounds, was a three-year starter at Baylor. Running the spread offense, he completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 10,366 yards, 78 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions.
Last season was Griffin's best. He completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions, earning consensus All-American honors.
He beat out Luck to capture the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best college football player.
Griffin also brings great mobility to the quarterback position. (He ran a blazing 4.41 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.)
He rushed for 2,254 yards and 33 touchdowns for Baylor. His ability to roll out and elude pressure is expected to make him a good fit for Mike and Kyle Shanahan’s offense in Washington.
Griffin was identified early on in the Redskins’ draft process as a target.
The team was in need of a franchise quarterback and, according to general manager Bruce Allen, “fell in love with” two prospects in Griffin and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
In early March, the team traded a package of draft picks to move up to the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
With Luck headed to Indianapolis with the first overall pick, the trade put the Redskins in position to draft Griffin.
Team officials, including head coach Mike Shanahan, Allen and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, met with Griffin at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and attended his nationally televised Pro Day at Baylor in March.
Griffin also visited Redskins Park in mid-April and spent more time with coaches.
Griffin becomes the ninth player from Baylor – and first since 1991 – to be selected by the Redskins in the NFL Draft.
He is the fourth Heisman Trophy winner selected by the Redskins in the draft and the first since 1992 when they selected wide receiver Desmond Howard with the fourth overall pick.
In addition to Griffin and Howard, the Redskins’ other two Heisman-winning draft picks were running backs Ernie Davis in 1962 and Vic Janowicz in 1952.
Griffin is the fourth Redskins player to be selected with the second overall pick of the draft. He joins linebacker LaVar Arrington in 2000, quarterback Norm Snead in 1961 and quarterback Riley Smith in 1936.
Griffin hails from Copperas Cove, a town located about halfway between Dallas and San Antonio in the heart of Texas. The son of military parents, he was born on Feb. 12, 1990 in Okinawa, Japan.