ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — For Ryan Kerrigan, watching Robert Griffin III brings back a lot of memories. Just one year ago it was the converted linebacker out of Purdue who was the Washington Redskins first round selection in the NFL Draft.
Certainly, he had his fair share of buzz in the media, but his experience pales in comparison to what RGIII is going through.
“His is a lot more hectic than mine,” said Kerrigan, who laughed while comparing his rookie experience to Griffin’s. “I never went on Jay Leno or hung out with Snoop Dogg, unfortunately.”
Griffin’s whirlwind experience will go by in the blink of an eye. As a man who has just gone through it, Kerrigan offered up some simple advice for the face of the Redskins — enjoy it.
“It’s an exciting time. I hope he soaks it all in and really enjoys it,” he said. “He’s blessed with a great opportunity and I’m glad for him. It’s a breath of fresh air for our organization.”
In addition to bestowing his sophomore wisdom on RGIII, Kerrigan has transitioned into a mentor and teacher for other incoming rookies.
“It was nice to see the young guys and help them out,” the 23-year-old said following Monday’s OTA in Ashburn. “I was in their position last year, adjusting. Especially [Brian] McNally and Monte [Lewis], coming in at outside linebacker who were defensive ends last year in college. I can kind of relate to them and give them some pointers.”