Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 4/19/12

HOUSTON - 2009: Kyle Shanahan of the Houston Texans poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Houston, Texas. (Photo by NFL Photos)

The NFL Draft is still a week away but that hasn't stopped the Washington Redskins from showing quarterback Robert Griffin III some love.

Washington traded with the St. Louis Rams for the number two overall pick in this seasons NFL Draft and have made it clear they like Baylor's Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Griffin has already spent time going over the Redskins playbook with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Waco, Texas.  He signed autographs on Redskins memorabilia for fans in Washington, and was given the ultimate treatment on his trip to the capitol.

Don Banks of SI.com asked Griffin if he would be disappointment if the Redskins didn't draft him at the No. 2 spot.  Here is what he said:

"I don't know how I'd feel about that, because I've continually said no matter where I go I'll be happy and excited,'' Griffin said. "But when you talk about the fanfare and the fan hype right now, I think it would be very disappointing for Washington D.C. if I didn't get drafted there. Honestly, it was surreal being up there. Because you go to a city you've never lived in, and immediately when you get there you're instantly a star, and you haven't even been drafted there yet.

"I'm not a superstitious guy, but some people say, 'You don't want to jinx this. You don't want to rub [Colts owner Jim] Irsay the wrong way and have him draft you just in spite of Washington.' Have something like that happen. But I think it's good for D.C. to have that kind of excitement. And it's not just about me. It might seem like it's about one guy, but I don't think it is. I think it's about one puzzle piece, because that's all a quarterback is, a puzzle piece. So I wouldn't say stop [to Redskins fans], and I wouldn't say keep going. But I'm not going to shy away from it at this point, just because I have no idea where I'm going, and they don't know where I'm going. But I sure know where they want me to go.''

Griffin is definitely confident but not cocky.  

Griffin is a talented quarterback with star potential and he is just what the Redskins need. But former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb disagrees.  On ESPN's "First Take" he said he doesn't feel Griffin will be a good fit with Shanahan's offense.  

“I say that because a lot of times, ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington."

Here’s a guy, who’s coming out, who’s very talented. Mobile, strong arm, regarded as being very intelligent, football mind. Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he’s able to do, or are you going to bring the Houston offense with Matt Schaub over to him, and just have him embedded in it?”  

We will find out soon if Griffin and Shanahan can make it work in Washington, as all indications show the Redskins will draft RGIII.  If it happens he will play his first NFL game in his hometown.

Griffin told Don Banks, "It's kind of ironic that if I do end up in Washington, my first game will be in my hometown of New Orleans,'' he said. "That's where my parents were born, that's where they were raised, that's where all my family is. It'll be pretty exciting if that does happen.''

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