2012 Draft Wrap Up & Pick-by-Pick Analysis of the Redskins

With the 2012 NFL Draft wrapped up, let’s a quick look at the Redskins haul from the past three days:

Round 1, Pick #2: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Redskins fans hope they’ve found their franchise quarterback for the next decade-plus. If Griffin can stay healthy, and all the intangibles he’s shown throughout his career stay with him as a professional, the sky is the limit for him.

Round 3, Pick #71: Josh LiRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist

LiRibeus is a gritty, nasty guard that’s a good fit for the zone blocking scheme run by the Shanahan’s. He battled some weight and academic issues in college, but the coaching staff is excited about his ability to play guard or center. He has the size and the potential to play early on.

Round 4, Pick #102: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

Cousins was taken as a “best player available” situation, and will immediately become a developmental backup QB. His selection led to the immediate release of John Beck, so Cousins will likely hold the clipboard for a year behind Griffin and Rex Grossman, before eventually becoming the primary backup. However, any talk of Cousins even challenging for the Redskins starting QB job is silly; there’s a reason the Redskins gave up as much as they did to go get Griffin.

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