Washington Redskins 2012 NFL Draft Review

Robert Griffin III

After the Robert Griffin III selection, General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan used three selections 71, 141, 193 on offensive linemen. The Redskins grabbed a pair of guards in Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis. Tom Compton is an athletic tackle who must get accustomed to NFL speed. Kirk Cousins was a value pick and best player available selection in the fourth round. Robert Griffin III looked particularly sharp in OTAs, throwing on the run on bootlegs and waggle passes. As expected, he looked rough from the pocket in the drop back game. Another part of his game that has been unexpected is his downfield arm strength, flicking his wrist and sending the ball 70 yards to a waiting receiver. His whip-like arm strength and beeline zip on out routes don’t have time to rise or fall on their trajectory. He has been putting the ball into tight windows after six days of OTAs. Josh LeRibeus was a major reach, but Shanahan made the pick on a recommendation from friend June Jones. The wide-bodied guard is physical in his play. He played left guard in a run and shoot system. Solid on initial contact as a pass protector, he can adjust and slide his feet. Not an explosive run blocker, he was only asked to screen off in their run game. As a junior he was academically ineligible. Kirk Cousins was drafted as an insurance policy and a developmental prospect behind RGIII. The three time captain won the most games in Michigan State history. Experienced in a pro style offense, he is also experienced in both the shotgun and under center. He keeps the ball up and is ready to throw. Disciplined with the football, he makes quick decisions. A tough and smart competitor, he is very good at every phase of quarterback play. He is both durable and productive. Keenan Robinson started on the outside for three years and is now projected to backup London Fletcher on the inside. He has good agility in traffic and in space, shows good zone awareness in his pass drops, and has range in coverage. Always around the ball on pass plays, Robinson is a good effort player who hustles all over the field. He has overall good linebacker tools. Adam Gettis had a strong senior year and is accustomed to the Redskins’ zone blocking scheme. He has quick feet and is savvy to handle the inside twists and blitzes. Aggressive off the snap, he sticks his target using good head position. He controls the defender with his hands. He takes proper steps and angles on zone blocks. Competitive and intense in his play, he has the athletic talent to play on Sunday. Alfred Morris is a zone downhill one cut type runner. He runs with good balance but question his vision to read the inside seams. Morris plays better at tailback in the I-formation rather than split backs. He needs to improve his use of hands and work on ball security. Tom Compton started two years at right tackle and two years at left tackle for the Coyotes. A developmental offensive lineman, he has the physical skill set to play on Sunday. He plays with natural knee bend, base, and flexibility. At the Combine he graded out as Ourlads’ third most athletic tackle out of 48. He does need technique work. Richard Crawford started 13 games in 2011 and collected 47 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 15 pass deflections. A junior college transfer, he is a developmental corner with some Sunday skills. His pro day information is 5101, 189, 4.55/40, 14/BP, 39.5/VJ, 10-5/BJ, 4.46/SS. Jordan Bernstine played safety, cornerback, and returned kickoffs for the Hawkeyes. He has had an injury history but in 2011 was in on 89 tackles. A developmental safety/corner combination, he is athletic and fast. His pro day numbers were 5101, 210, 4.46/40, 18/BP, 41/VJ, 10-7/BJ. GRADE: AVERAGE.

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