The Redskins put some added pressure on the Heisman Trophy winner by selecting Michigan State's Kirk Cousins in the fourth round on Saturday.
The talented Cousins won 27 games as a three-year starter and with the pick coach Mike Shanahan may have created the kind of quarterback controversy that has often enveloped the Redskins
Cousins said during a conference call even he was a little surprised to be picked by Washington.
''I was trying to forecast which teams would be looking at a quarterback and I didn't see the Redskins thinking along those lines, but coach Shanahan's words to me were that he couldn't pass me up,'' Cousins said.
Griffin said he and Cousins had a long distance relationship in college. It will be up close and personal in Washington. The Redskins gave up three first-round picks and a second-round selection to take Griffin.
Washington was the first team to select two quarterbacks in the first four rounds since Green Bay in 1989. The last time the Redskins chose a quarterback in the top 10 before Griffin was in 1994 when took Heath Shuler. He was eventually beaten out by Gus Frerotte, whom the Redskins took in the seventh round.
Much is expected from RG3.
The Redskins have started 21 quarterbacks over the last 19 seasons. But Griffin seems comfortable with the expectations.