For a team that was 5-11 and lacking future picks to add top talent around first-round pick Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins' selection of quarterback Kirk Cousins was a puzzling one.
That makes it two quarterbacks and a guard for the Redskins, who have picks 109, 141, 173, 213, 217. As Trey Wingo on ESPN pointed out, this is the first team since 1989 to take two quarterbacks in the first four rounds.
The plus of the pick is that the Redskins have insurance if Griffin, a running quarterback, gets injured. He had a serious knee injury at Baylor previously. The other positive is that the Redskins can develop Cousins and trade him in the future. The trouble is with the two players coming in at the same time, nothing should stop Cousins from impressing. It's unlikely an average arm quarterback can beat out Griffin, but you never know until it happens.
Don't forget, though, that when Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was in Denver with John Elway he drafted Gary Kubiak. So he has some experience with this sort of situation.
Quick scouting notes: An experienced quarterback and leader, Cousins helped take Michigan State to the next level with his penchant for making the big play. Gets rid of the ball quickly. Comes from a pro-style offense and knows how to make multiple reads.
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