Washington Redskins: B-

The Redskins paid a handsome price to get him, but Robert Griffin III's speed, downfield accuracy and charisma could make him a superstar in the nation's capital. Due to the weapons already around him, RG3's rookie season may go smoother than Luck's. Frankly, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has a higher ceiling. Considering the addition of Griffin at No. 2 overall, as well as yet another flashy offseason of free agency, the rest of the Redskins' draft-day activities were surprisingly lacking in big names -- which isn't to say it wasn't effective. Washington focused on rebuilding a porous offensive line, adding Josh LeRibeus (SMU) in the third, Adam Gettis (Iowa) in the fifth and Tom Compton (South Dakota) in the sixth -- all three earned middle-round grades from some clubs. Mike Shanahan has had too much success finding late-round running backs to ignore the selection of Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic in the sixth round, a productive, hard-running, one-cut runner well-suited to Shanahan's offense. Give the Redskins credit for summoning the courage (and draft picks) to move up to get RG3, but otherwise this was a solid, rather than spectacular draft.

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The Redskins paid a handsome price to get him, but Robert Griffin III's speed, downfield accuracy and charisma could make him a superstar in the nation's capital. Due to the weapons already around him, RG3's rookie season may go smoother than Luck's. Frankly, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has a higher ceiling. Considering the addition of Griffin at No. 2 overall, as well as yet another flashy offseason of free agency, the rest of the Redskins' draft-day activities were surprisingly lacking in big names -- which isn't to say it wasn't effective. Washington focused on rebuilding a porous offensive line, adding Josh LeRibeus (SMU) in the third, Adam Gettis (Iowa) in the fifth and Tom Compton (South Dakota) in the sixth -- all three earned middle-round grades from some clubs. Mike Shanahan has had too much success finding late-round running backs to ignore the selection of Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic in the sixth round, a productive, hard-running, one-cut runner well-suited to Shanahan's offense. Give the Redskins credit for summoning the courage (and draft picks) to move up to get RG3, but otherwise this was a solid, rather than spectacular draft.

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