NFL Playoffs notebook: Former Sooners impressed by Robert Griffin III

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 5, 2013
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photo - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: FDX113
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: FDX113

Former Oklahoma offensive linemen Chris Chester and Trent Williams were impressed by rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who helped the Washington Redskins end the season on a seven-game winning streak to win the NFC East.

“He's such a threat that he requires all 11 sets of eyes from the defense,” said Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in 2010. “With that type of threat on the field, it opens up a lot of areas, allows a lot of other players to make an impact, make plays.”

The Redskins paid a high price to trade up to select last year's Heisman winner. To move up to the second overall pick, Washington gave the Rams their No. 6 pick in the draft, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft and the Redskins' first-round selections in 2013 and 2014.

“It's not common to do some of the things he's done,” said Chester, who signed with Washington last season after five years in Baltimore. “Sometimes you just have to say, ‘Wow.' He's a tremendous talent, but for being such a young guy he has a lot of confidence and leadership.”

Making their first playoff appearance in five years, the Redskins host Seattle in a wild card game on Sunday.

HEALTHY OKUNG HAS BREAKOUT SEASON

Former Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung, the No. 6 overall pick in 2010, was named to the Pro Bowl. Okung played at a high level his first two seasons, but was hampered by injuries.

Hampered by a severely sprained ankle, Okung played 10 games his rookie season. He started the first 12 games last season before suffering a season-ending torn right pectoral muscle. This season he's been healthy.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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