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Santana Moss remembers pivotal 2012 NFL Draft that included Robert Griffin III: 'I was pretty ecstatic'

Santana Moss remembers pivotal 2012 NFL Draft that included Robert Griffin III: 'I was pretty ecstatic'

When the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the team and the city of Washington considered it a rebirth.

"I remember [the] 2012 draft vividly," Santana Moss told NBC Sports Washington. "One of the reasons 2011 season was like the crappiest season of all time for myself, I broke my hand, I was overweight, and I remember that offseason, you know, I got that call from the coaching staff like 'hey we need you to shape up or we're going to ship you out.'"

The 2011 season wasn't rough for only Moss. The Redskins were tested at every twist and turn, finishing with a 5-11 record and dead last in the NFC East. A saving grace was desperately needed. 

"So, I was getting myself back, fine tuned, and I remember the bowl season watching this young kid, Robert Griffin III."

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Griffin III not only had an arm but the running abilities to make him a real threat. While starting 40 games at Baylor, RGIII threw for 10,366 yards, 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while adding 2,254 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns to his resume.

For Moss, RGIII's skillset was something the receiver had never had in a QB. 

"When I'm watching that draft that year, to see the Washington Redskins pick him, and knowing the different quarterbacks I played with and just the struggles and the ups and downs, I was pretty ecstatic," Moss added. I was pretty ecstatic because I knew that his skill level was something that we haven't really had in a while, or I haven't played with in a while. Last person I think I played with like that in a game was Michael Vick in a Pro Bowl game. So to know that we had a guy that can be that dynamic with his legs and with his arm, I was excited to see what our team could become of."

Griffin III earned Pro Bowl honors that year and was named 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, While his time in Washington didn't pan out as expected, the 2012 draft, and season, will go down in history. 

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Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin just finished his rookie season in the NFL and ranked among the best first-year pass catchers across the league in 2019. Among rookies, the Ohio State product ranked second in receptions with 59, second in receiving yards with 919 and tied for third in touchdowns with seven — all in 14 games.

That kind of production from a third-round pick may have surprised some. But for McLaurin, this was always the plan.

On Friday, McLaurin took to his Instagram story to post a letter he wrote in 2005 — when he was 10 years old — where he proclaimed his aspirations to be an NFL wide receiver.

“I really want to be a wide [receiver] and a starter,” McLaurin wrote in the letter titled ‘My Future.’ “I will play hard every game.”

McLaurin officially achieved his goal of becoming a professional wide receiver when the Redskins made him their third-round pick last April. He didn’t waste any time accomplishing the second part of his dream, cracking the starting lineup in the first game of the season against the Eagles.

In his letter, McLaurin also discussed the possibility of playing running back in the NFL. In his senior year of high school, the 2013 Indiana Mr. Football was an all-around weapon. He posted 14 total touchdowns, recorded 58 catches for 953 yards receiving and rushed for an additional 744 yards.

Ultimately, McLaurin settled into the receiver position in college when he joined the Buckeyes program. His best season came in his senior year, when he was paired with Dwayne Haskins, and caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Low productivity in college — just 75 career receptions — may have caused McLaurin’s fall to the third round. But now, he’s making up for it and was one of the steals of the draft.

If McLaurin’s standout numbers continue, he should have no problem accomplishing a couple other goals he laid out in the letter.

“Make lots of money and live in a big house,” a young McLaurin wrote.

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Dwayne Haskins wants Redskins to draft his former Buckeye teammate K.J. Hill, but is this a realistic option?

Dwayne Haskins wants Redskins to draft his former Buckeye teammate K.J. Hill, but is this a realistic option?

It's no secret that in order for Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins to make a jump in his sophomore year, he needs more weapons.

On Thursday, Haskins took to Twitter to campaign for his current team to draft his former Ohio State teammate K.J. Hill. This isn't the first time Haskins has done something like this. When Ohio State defensive end Chase Young declared for the 2020 NFL Draft last month, Haskins tweeted "See you soon," implying that he expects the Redskins to take his former teammate with the No. 2 overall selection.

Following the first round of the 2019 draft, Haskins tweeted at the Redskins for them to draft one of his Buckeye wide receivers later in the draft. Both Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin were available after the first round. The Redskins selected the latter, and McLaurin turned in one of the best seasons by a rookie wideout in franchise history.

Haskins and Hill played together at Ohio State in 2018, and the wideout was one of Haskins' favorite targets. Hill finished that season with 70 receptions for 885 yards and six touchdowns as Haskins No. 2 target behind Campbell (it's interesting to note that McLaurin had just 35 catches his senior year with the Buckeyes).

Hill is a different wide receiver than McLaurin. The former is a 6-foot-0, 190-pound wideout who relies on his speed and quickness more than anything else. While he's played both on the outside and in the slot, he's best on the inside.

By many accounts of people there, the wideout had an incredible week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., likely raising his draft stock. He made an impressive one-handed catch that viral on social media during practice. 

But Hill is not the wide receiver the Redskins need; Washington would get greater use out of a bigger outside receiver to compliment McLaurin. Undrafted rookie Steven Sims excelled in the slot for the Burgundy and Gold a season ago, and that job should be his to lose. 

The wide receiver class in this year's draft is incredibly deep. Many draft scouts have called it the deepest class since 2014, one that featured Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Davante Adams, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and John Brown among others.

Barring injury, there are three wide receivers that seem to be sure first-rounders: Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins. There is a collection of four or more receivers -- LSU's Justin Jefferson, Penn State's K.J. Hamler, Colorado's Laviska Shenault, and Alabama's Henry Ruggs III -- who could sneak into the first round as well.

If the Redskins stay put at pick No. 2, it's likely they don't take a wide receiver, especially with Chase Young still on the board (should the Bengals take LSU's Joe Burrow at No. 1). If the Redskins trade back, they could grab one of these wideouts later in the first round.

Earlier this week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the team has "more than enough" to move up in the draft. Miami currently possesses the fifth, 18th, and 26th pick in the 2020 draft, along with two second-rounders. Should the Redskins spark a deal with Miami including three of those picks (either all three first-rounders or two firsts and a second), Washington would be more than capable of using one of those they get in return for No. 2 on a wideout. 

Jeudy, who many believe is the best wideout in the draft, is one of the most polished route runners coming out of college in recent memory. Jeudy would be an ideal fit in Washington. He's an outside receiver who plays bigger than his 6-foot-1 frame with 4.4 40-yard dash speed as well.

Higgins would fit the bill for the Redskins if they wanted a bigger receiver. The 6-foot-5 Clemson product is a jump-ball specialist and has an expanded route tree. LSU's Justin Jefferson could also fit this mold.

Hill is projected as high as a second-round pick by some draft experts, while as low as a fourth-rounder by others. His strong showing at the Senior Bowl has likely improved his stock towards the lower rounds. 

Heck, there's a chance Hill isn't even available for Washington. As it stands now, Washington doesn't own a second-round pick; they sent that to Indianapolis a year ago to move back into the first round to select Montez Sweat. Hill could very well be gone by the time the Redskins are back on the clock.

If Washington doesn't trade back from No. 2, they'll likely need to address the wide receiver position in the later rounds. Should Hill fall, the Redskins could use a fourth- or fifth-round pick on him. They got incredible value with McLaurin in the third round and Kelvin Harmon in the sixth round a year ago. 

But with such a deep class, there's a good chance many first-and second-round talent wideouts are still on the board at the beginning of the third. In 2014, there were eight receivers taken before the Packers selected Adams. That same year, 10 wideouts came off the board before the Dolphins nabbed Landry.

It's possible that happens in 2020. If Jefferson or Shenault were to slip to the third, Washington would benefit more by selecting one of them over Hill.

Hill could very well be a good wide receiver in the NFL, but as it stands now, finding his fit in the Washington offense is hard to find.

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