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Griffin Drafted to Redskins
The opening moments of the NFL draft lacked some suspense compared to past events but the Washington Redskins certainly weren’t complaining. The Redskins made their long-anticipated addition of quarterback Robert Griffin III official. They took the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor with the draft’s second overall choice.
Andrew Luck finished second to Griffin in last year’s Heisman Trophy balloting went first to the Indianapolis Colts and Griffin was chosen second by the Washington Redskins. Those two teams had already announced they would take the players they eventually selected, quarterbacks who had for months been the faces of the 2012 draft.
After the names of Luck and Griffin were announced, the first round of the draft turned surprising with major trades involving three of the first six selections. Griffin threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns during his final collegiate season and became one of just four players in major college football history with at least 9,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in his career. After Luck and Griffin were chosen, Cleveland moved up one spot to No. 3 and selected Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Griffin wore burgundy and gold striped socks and a light blue suit to the draft ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York. “I’m real excited,” he said in a conference call with reporters. “A team finally fell in love with me. They want me for who I am, and I can’t wait to go play for them.”
After Luck, Griffin and Tannehill, the fourth quarterback chosen was 29-year-old Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State. He was drafted No. 22 by Cleveland. Eight of the first-round picks changed hands before the selections were made.