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Throwback Thursday–2012 Draft Class’ First Taste Of The NFL

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 15, 2014 – 11:15 am

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It may be hard to believe, but it’s has indeed been two full years since the 2012 draft class was just starting their collective nascent career.

Headlined by quarterback Robert Griffin III and bolstered by the hard-nosed efforts of Alfred Morris and quality fill-in appearances from quarterback Kirk Cousins, the 2012 class is certainly one that lives in a special place in Redskins Nation’s heart.

With the 2014 rookie minicamp getting ready to start-up, here’s a look back at just some of the highlights from the 2012 class’ first season:

While the draft speculation was fun and all and Griffin III showcased his exuberant personality on the grand stage with Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, Redskins fans wanted  to see only one thing—A No. 10 jersey worn by the man himself.

They got it on May 3rd when Griffin III donned burgundy and gold for the first time and had a blast tossing the pigskins around with some staffers. The Internet exploded shortly after.

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Here’s a complete highlight package of his rookie season as a reminder of what this guy is capable of:

Alfred who?

Few thought Morris would have any sort of impact on the Redskins’ 2012 season. After all, he was projected by some to be nothing more than a blocking fullback whose carry opportunities would be sporadic at best.

But the Redskins had different plans for him.

As former head coach Mike Shanahan noted shortly after the draft, Morris has the “ability to make people miss, has great quickness and can cut on a dime.”

While there may not have been a particular moment that separated Morris from the rest of the running backs in training camp that year, he would eventually get the starting nod.

The rest is history.

Cousins made one start during the 2012 season, but his efforts in Week 15 vs. the Cleveland Browns kept the Redskins then-slim playoff hopes alive.

After struggling in the team’s first four series, the field general settled in nicely by throwing a perfect pass to fleeting wide receiver Leonard Hankerson.

Cousins would toss another touchdown pass later in the game and added 329 passing yards in the winning effort.

Proplayersinsider.com recently caught up with the former Spartan to chat about his recollections of Year One.

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