NEW YORK (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins officially have their man and his name is Robert Griffin III.
With little mystery or intrigue, but an excitement level not reached since Joe Gibbs returned to coach the franchise for a second time, the Redskins drafted the Heisman Trophy winning Griffin with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Even head coach Mike Shanahan poked fun at the lack of secrecy surrounding their selection.
“We tried to keep it a secret as long as we could,” Shanahan told reporters Thursday night after the pick was in.
Washington sent two future first-round picks and this year’s first and second-round picks to the St. Louis Rams in order to acquire the privilege of drafting Griffin. Few are griping about the cost of moving up the draft board.
In Griffin, Shanahan, Bruce Allen, Daniel Snyder and the entire Redskins organization are hoping they have found the face of the franchise and a leader for years to come.
Redskins fans have already embraced Griffin warmly. Hundreds of people waited in long lines to get his autograph at a card show in Chantilly, Va. last month.
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Those hundreds and countless others have high expectations for Griffin.
“I understand that, but to whom much is given, much is expected,” Griffin told ESPN shortly after the selection was announced.
Griffin said he expects more out of himself than anyone. All eyes are on him.