"We tried to keep it a secret as long as we could."As predicted, Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. A sly grin crept over the stoic Mike Shanahan's face as he stepped to the podium at Redskins Park to address the media."We had a great feeling that Robert was the guy we we're going to get," the Redskins head coach said. "Just to be around the guy, how he handles himself, how he works you know, you see what a class act he is, the type of charisma he has. "I just think he's going to bring a whole lot, you know, to this organization. You're always looking for that franchise guy. ... He's got everything you look for in a quarterback."Not just any quarterback. Burgundy and gold faithful would argue they haven't seen the mystical creature known as the franchise QB since the days of Joe Theismann.
While Shanahan discussed Griffin's character in depth, he stressed his due diligence studying tape in order to know the "player before he met the person." Once he met both sides of RG3, he was convinced the Redskins had "their guy."Shanahan, however, said he must groom the rookie. "It's up to me to give him the right supporting cast, the right system, so he feels comfortable."
As for the Heisman winner, he appears to be already be comfortable in Washington. In a phone interview, Griffin sang the first few verses of "Hail to the Redskins" to describe how he felt about his new team.