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Draft Day Viewing Party From FedExField

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 11:41 pm

The first ever Redskins Draft Day Party was a rousing success tonight, as more than 5,200 Redskins faithful filed into FedExField to watch live coverage from New York.

Admission to the event was free, and it gave Redskins fans the first opportunity to buy the new Nike jerseys, including those of first-round draft pick Robert Griffin III.  The 2012 Redskins Cheerleader squad was also on hand for autographs and entertainment, and many fans got their first look at the amenities of the club level, including the Redskins History Walls.

With the help of a professional photographer and the Public Relations staff on hand, we have a great photo gallery from the event: Read more »

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Full Robert Griffin Gallery From New York

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 10:09 pm

With only so many people in the Redskins organization able to travel to New York City for the NFL Draft, it’s all hands on deck to make sure things are covered.  With the help of the fine folks in the Redskins Public Relations department (and the Associated Press), we were able to feed you images of the Redskins presence in New York, including the eventual pick of Robert Griffin III.

For even more Redskins coverage, photos and quotes from tonight, be sure to follow the official Twitter feed (@Redskins).  Images like RGIII’s official draft card are exclusive to Redskins.com and the related media platforms.

Without further adieu, relive the night through photos.  Merry Griff-mas Redskins Nation:

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The Most Interesting Man In Washington

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 9:33 pm

At a little before 8:15 p.m. EDT, the Redskins ended months of speculation and secrecy, turning in their draft card for the No. 2 overall pick.  It was written in perfectly legible hand writing, so that there was no mistake in their intent:

“Griffin III, Robert”

But with the stroke of a pen and the passing of a card, the Redskins took a major leap towards a Redskins Renaissance, adding the elusive franchise quarterback.

Make no mistake–the journey has only just begun, and the work is still yet to come.  Griffin has never stepped foot on an NFL field, and between now and September 9th, he will have to ingest a playbook and prove his muster.

But it feels like a victory tonight, and Griffin, team executives, and Redskins fans have every right to be excited.  The rumors and speculation are over, along with the apprehension of disaster.  #RG3toDC is in full effect, and one of the most electrifying playmakers to ever play quarterback is scheduled to board his flight to Washington tomorrow.

Congratulations Robert, congratulation fans, and Hail to the Redskins. Say hello to : Read more »

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Green Room Phone Reactions, Ne’ermore

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 6:11 pm

The age of green room phone reactions–like the one seen above by 2011 rookie Ryan Kerrigan–has come and passed, according to Josh Katzowitz of CBSSports.com.   Read more »

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Casserly: 1999 Redskins In Similar Position

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 4:32 pm

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Former Redskins general manager and long-time NFL executive Charley Casserly recently paid a visit to Redskins.com to discuss the upcoming draft with myself and Gary Fitzgerald.  Casserly’s thought’s on balancing great expectations for draft picks can be found over on the main site, and illuminates a strategy for turning an amateur pro.

Casserly was also kind enough to assess the state of the franchise on the eve of the draft.  The Redskins have the rare opportunity to pick a player that fits their No. 1 need at quarterback.  But how the team arrived at this decision–and how they proceed from here–sounded very familiar to Casserly’s Redskins in 1999.

“Where is your football team?” he asked rhetorically.  “Your football team is a good quarterback away from taking a jump.  In ’99, we were 6-10, but we had the nucleus of a good team.  We wanted to retain quarterback Trent Green, but we couldn’t because of the sale of the team.”

Green signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent, leaving the Redskins scrambling for their next signal caller.  The Vikings made starting quarterback Brad Johnson available, but at a steep price: a first, future second, and third round pick.

For Casserly, the price was right. Read more »

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Carriker Blogs 2007 First-Round Memories

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 1:41 pm

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Once upon a time, Redskins defensive end (and amateur blogger) Adam Carriker was one of the top prospects in all of college football.  Just five seasons ago, he awaited the exact same uncertainty that many top prospects face going into tonight.

His between his junior and senior seasons at Nebraska, Carriker was named the team’s MVP, along with the NCAA’s Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards.  He tallied 134 tackles despite starting only two full seasons, and piled up 20.5 sacks in his career.

But Carriker explains in his latest blog post on ProInterviews.org, that the titles and totals were less important than his game tape.  The way he performed on film was the true essence of his NFL job application and résumé.

Everything he had ever done as a football player led up to Draft Day: Read more »

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Redskins Fan Wins Race For First Jersey

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 12:50 pm

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In coordination with the 2012 NFL Draft, Nike has announced that the new Elite jerseys are on sale to the public, starting this morning in New York City.  If you’re a Redskins fan living in Giants country, the very first Redskins jerseys went on sale at 10 a.m. at the Official NFL Shop At Bryant Park.

It turns out that the man pictured above is not a buyer of jerseys, but rather a winner of his No. 98 Orakpo jersey.

Throughout the week, Nike has been conducting a game of ultimate hide-and-seek.  Figure out the clue to your favorite team, get there first, and you win the first jersey given to the average fan.  And that’s exactly what Paul F. did. Read more »

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Orakpo Would Re-Draft Higher, Other Links

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 12:00 pm

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On the eve of another pivotal draft for the Redskins, NFL.com has turned a critical eye to the draft classes of the last five years.  Breaking down each year’s Top-10 draft picks, the various writers “re-drafted” the players based on what we know now.

Hindsight is 20/20, after all.

Redskins fans should take comfort in the fact that, given the prospects available, the team made good decisions, selecting quality players to fill areas of need.  Earlier this month I posted on the 2007 draft, and how the Redskins rightfully selected LaRon Landry, independent of the fact that he’s no longer with the team.

It turns out that the Redskins actually got a steal in 2009, as Brian Orakpo should have gone No. 3 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.  NFL.com’s Jason Smith likes the development of defensive end Tyson Jackson, but Orakpo’s résumé is undeniably better.

And so are his Geico commercials:

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