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Shanahan Thrilled to Get Griffin

Posted Apr 26, 2012

The Redskins have lacked a true franchise quarterback for years -- some would say for decades. Head coach Mike Shanahan hopes to have solved that problem by drafting Robert Griffin III.


The Redskins have lacked a true franchise quarterback for years – some would say for decades.

With the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, head coach Mike Shanahan hopes to have solved that problem.

The team selected Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III after trading up from the sixth overall pick to No. 2.

“We were really excited when we were able to move from the sixth spot to the second spot,” Shanahan said shortly after the Griffin pick. “We had a good feeling Robert would be there. Just to be around him to see how he handles himself and to see how he works, you can see what a class act he is and what sort of charisma he brings.

“I just think he will bring a lot to this organization. You are always looking for that franchise guy. He has not proven himself yet and we understand that. We need to put a good supporting cast around him and play well as a football team.

"I think he will have the chance to do some special things.”

Shanahan said the team gave high marks to both Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Griffin, but he added team officials were hoping they would “end up with Robert.”

Shanahan started evaluating film of college quarterbacks as far back as last December. For Griffin, he watched every one of his games at Baylor.

He became convinced Griffin was a franchise quarterback in the making when he met him at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February.

“I didn’t get to know Robert as a person until we were in Indy and we had the chance to spend about 15 minutes with him,” Shanahan said. “After that, we had the chance to have dinner and spend some time with his family. They came here and we had the chance to spend a few days together.

“What I try to do before I spend time with anyone is to look at all of the film. That is an ongoing process and to look at both guys throughout their collegiate careers takes a lot of time. You have to feel comfortable with someone through the film before you can go and look at them as a person.”

Now Griffin – the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner – has the chance to make his mark in Washington.

As the Redskins' new franchise quarterback.