Twice as nice: Redskins draft MSU QB Kirk Cousins

Twice as nice: Redskins draft MSU QB Kirk Cousins
April 28, 2012, 4:51 pm
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The Redskins loved drafting a quarterback so much this year, they did so, twice.With the first of two fourth-round selections, the Redskins selected Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins with the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.The 6-foot-3 Cousins threw for 3,316 yards with25 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions while completing 63.7 percent of his passes last season for the Spartans. In three seasons as a starter,the three-year captaintossed 64 touchdown passes and completed over 60 percent of his throws each season.Some draft analysts projected Cousins as a second-round selection. While he makes for a nice value in the fourth round, the selection is initially curious considering the assets the Redskins gave up to acquire Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. Now RG3 and Cousins will become a brother in arms as Redskins quarterbacks with veterans Rex Grossman and John Beck still on the roster.
Pro Football Weekly notesCousinshas "rare intangibles and leadership ability. Can rally a huddle and inspire a locker room when the chips are down. Outstanding work habits. Can line up and direct an offense knows the responsibility of every player on the field."PFW's overall summary: "Has the intangibles and intelligence to develop into a highly efficient, dink-and-dunk, rhythm passer. Resemblance to 49ers QB Alex Smith and must continue developing physically to survive the toll of an NFL season. Could thrive with crisp coaching and confidence-building play-calling in a precision passing game such as that of the Texans, Redskins, Patriots or 49ers."