January 2, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back during the second half of the 2012 Outback Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium. Michigan State Spartans defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 33-30 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Redskins Select Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State Live Draft Grade

I can’t believe the Washington Redskins have given up on Robert Griffin III already. With their first pick in the 4th round the Washington Redskins selected Michigan State Quarterback Kirk Cousins. This is a peculiar move. I think Kirk Cousins is a career back-up. but what’s odd on top of that is that the Redskins have traded away first round picks in the next two years. In a division with the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys could they afford one of their three “starter” picks (first four round are usually consider potential starters) to take a backup quarterback?

I’m not a big fan of Cousins and didn’t think he was best player available here at this point on top of the odd move to take a back-up quarterback for RGIII. The positive thing here is one of Robert Griffin III’s biggest concerns seems to be his ability to stay healthy in the National Football League. For that reason it could turn out to be a good pick-again reliant on his ability to be a starter, which I don’t think he has.

Grade C-


Bad pick for the Redskins. Cousins won’t be used, they don’t have a lot of picks this year, nor a first rounder next year. They should have gone in a different direction to me. Based on the league value, the pick’s not bad. My own board it’s not a great pick.  Cousins doesn’t make great decisions and doesn’t have a great arm. He’s cerebral and he’d be “starter ready” but has limited upside.

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