San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan took the media on a trip down memory lane Wednesday, setting the scene back to 2012 when he was the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator.
Shanahan told Peter Schrager of FOX Sports that the goal for Washington during the 2012 NFL Draft was to take Robert Griffin III at No. 2 overall and Russell Wilson in Round 4.
The Redskins made good on the first half by securing Griffin, the former Heisman winner and Baylor star, at No. 2 once Andrew Luck went to the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick.
However, the Seattle Seahawks marred Shanahan’s plans by selecting Wilson in the third round with pick No. 75.
So, with Wilson off the board, the Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins in the fourth round, solidifying the cycle as a pure butterfly effect.
Aside from Shanahan and Griffin, much is still the same to this day.
Wilson wound up being a bargain in the third, leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl win for the 2013 season and taking his team back to the title game the ensuing year. As for Cousins, he got his shot in Washington in 2015 and hasn’t looked back, posting back-to-back 4,000-yard campaigns as a starter.
Griffin built off his Heisman campaign in 2011 and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. However, his career was derailed by injuries and he flaked out with the Cleveland Browns last season.
Shanahan is in his first year as a head coach, after previously serving as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons and leading the team to the Super Bowl last season.