Stats & Info: Chandler Harnish

The Washington Redskins mortgaged their future on QB Robert Griffin III, trading their 2012 first- and second-round picks and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in order to draft the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.


So it came as a surprise to many when the Redskins used their fourth-round pick on Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins.

From an historical standpoint, the Redskins are:

• First team since the 1989 Green Bay Packers to draft two quarterbacks in the first four rounds. In '89, Green Bay selected Anthony Dilweg in the third round then Jeff Graham in the fourth round. (They combined to make seven NFL starts, all by Dilweg.)

• First team since the 1971 Houston Oilers to use two of their first three draft picks on quarterbacks. In 1971, the Oilers took Dan Pastorini with the third overall pick, then selected Lynn Dickey in the third round. (Both went on to start more than 100 games during their careers.)

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Cousins was not the only QB transaction made by the Redskins on Wednesday. They also released John Beck, who started three games last season. Combined with Rex Grossman the pair committed 30 turnovers, which was tied with Tampa Bay last season for the most turnovers committed by a team’s quarterbacks.

For what it's worth, the only team to select three quarterbacks in the same draft in the Common Draft Era is the Oakland Raiders, who took Dave Humm (5th), Harry Knight (9th) and Tom Doyle (14th) in 1975.

Draft Wrap-up
• More than 55 percent of the drafted players (142 of 253) came from four conferences: SEC (42 players), Big Ten (41), ACC (31), Pac-12 (28). It’s the sixth straight year that the SEC had the most selections. Almost 20 percent of the players drafted (50 of 253) were defensive backs.

• Alabama had the most players drafted with eight, followed by Oklahoma and Georgia with seven.

• Some schools that did not have any players drafted: UCLA, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Minnesota, BYU, Kansas, Texas Tech, Washington State.

• The Browns made the most picks (11) and the Saints made the fewest (5).

• The Minnesota Vikings selected wide receivers Greg Childs and Jarius Wright from Arkansas. Minnesota is the first team to draft two wide receivers from the same school in the same draft since the 2007 Indianapolis Colts took Anthony Gonzalez and Roy Hall from Ohio State.

• After allowing an NFL-worst 411.6 yards per game in 2011, the Packers drafted defensive players with their first six picks. The Patriots, who finished 31st in yards allowed last season, also took six defensive players with their first six picks. Green Bay and New England became the first teams since the 2002 Titans and 2002 Colts to draft defensive players with their first six picks of a draft, and just the seventh and eighth teams to do so in the Common Draft Era (since 1967).

• The draft started with the Colts taking a quarterback and it ended with them taking a quarterback. Mr. Irrelevant is Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish, the first time since 1997 that a QB was the last pick. (In '97, Mr. Irrelevant was Ron McAda from Army.)

• Speaking of quarterbacks, Case Keenum (155) and Kellen Moore (142) rank first and second, respectively, with the most touchdown passes in FBS history. Both, however, went undrafted. At Boise State, Moore went 50-3 (.943 win percentage), the best record by starting quarterback in the history of college football. (Moore signed with the Detriot Lions shortly after the draft.)
The Northern Illinois Huskies filled the stat sheet in their 65-30 victory over Toledo. This has been one of the best starts in NIU history in large part to a potent offense that is averaging 34.1 PPG this season. Here are 11 reasons why the Huskies stood out on Tuesday.

11 – They rushed for 422 yards, which is the 11th-most in school history.

10 – Their 10 scoring drives (9 TD, 1 FG) led to 65 points, which is the most points against Toledo in school history.

Nine - Their 584 yards of total offense was the ninth-most in school history.

Eight – This season the Huskies are 8-0 when they rush for 200+ yards in a game (20-0 all-time under coach Jerry Kill).

Seven – They have won seven straight, which is the longest streak since 2003 (Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner's senior year).

Six - They improved to 6-0 in MAC play for the first time since 2004.

Five - The 65 points rank fifth in school history for most points by NIU in a game (the last time the Huskies scored more than 65 points was a 73-10 victory over Buffalo on Oct. 28, 2000).

Four – QB Chandler Harnish had 100+ Pass and Rush yards in a single game for the 4th time in his career.

Three – RB Chad Spann had three Rush TD, which tied a career high for most in a single game (his 42 career Rush TD are third-most in school history).

Two – CB Tommy Davis tied the school record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns (two) with an 83-yard kickoff return (his other return TD was for 86 yards against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 5, 2009).

One – The Huskies are in sole possession of first place in the MAC West and can secure their first MAC West Championship since 2005 if they beat either Ball State or Eastern Michigan on the road over the next two weeks.

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