On the eve of the NFL Draft, there is plenty of excitement around the league as teams prepare to add key pieces to their drives to success.
In Washington, there is a different kind of excitement -- one that is enthusiastic but tempered. The Redskins don't have a selection until the 19th pick --No. 51 overall -- of the second round, but all eyes are on last year's No. 1 pick, Robert Griffin III.
On Wednesday during a predraft news conference, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan promised the team would walk a cautious line when it comes to their franchise quarterback's rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery. Griffin was offensive rookie of the year last year while leading his team to the NFC playoff where he injured his knee.
"The one thing I don't want to do is I don't want to see anything too quick. I mean we're dealing with an ACL. That takes time," Shanahan said. "Mother Nature is going to take its course. The thing that you love about Robert is he's working the muscles around it. He loves to work. He does everything we ask him to do and then some to get himself ready."
Despite Griffin's rapid recovery, Shanahan warned that the team will not rush him back into action despite some reports saying Griffin might be ready for the team's opener on Sept. 9 against Philadelphia.
"Robert works so hard that if hard work had anything to do with the recovery, he'd set a record," Shanahan said. "That's the way he is. But we're dealing with ligaments. We're dealing with tendons. You can't rush that."