For many NFL hopefuls, the draft weekend is something that will be remembered forever. It’s where new beginnings start, it’s when your skill is measured in rounds and it’s about who you will start your career with. There really isn’t a question about it, draft weekend is one of the most memorable moments in a player’s career.
Unless your name happens to be Kirk Cousins. Then you are praying that someday soon you will forget this disaster of a weekend. Very soon.
Kirk Cousins already had the cards stacked against him before the draft was underway. He walked in underrated and ranked behind shmoes like Ryan Tannehill, Nick Foles and Brock Osweiler. You know, people who accomplished close to nothing in college.
So that’s that, the man who lead his Spartans to a Big Ten title, the inaugural Big Ten Championship and a bowl win over Georgia is looked at by scouts the way a salad is looked at by John Madden. So what, some team will pick him up in the second or third round, right?
Teams let the natural born leader slide through their fingers, and in doing so Cousins was forced to tune into the draft on day three. First being underrated and now being unreached by any GM on the phone, when his agent, Mike McCartney, said there was a “2-percent chance” he would slide through the third round. Could this get any worse? The only way this could be worse is if Cousins went undrafted, right?
Wrong again. What happened next might have had Cousins thinking that being undrafted would be in his best interest.
The Washington Redskins, yes, the same team that traded every draft pick until 2073 just to get Robert Griffin III, drafted Kirk Cousins. Yes, you read that right. The Redskins drafted not one, but two quarterbacks in the same draft.
Now was Cousins going to be drafted as a starter? Probably not, but this is the worst possible scenario for him to fall in, and here is why.
He could have, and most likely should have, gone to a team with a veteran quarterback that he can learn under. Now he is with the Redskins where he will be behind RG3, another player that is also learning the system. A student learning from a student? Yikes.
Not only is he learning from a fellow rookie, but he is learning from a rookie that plays the furthest style away from Cousins. RG3 is a runner and a gunner. Cousins sits in the pocket.
And not only are the styles of play different, but so are the contracts, obviously. RG3 will be getting paid tens of millions of dollars. Cousins will probably make enough to pay for a fifth of what the man starting ahead of him will be making. So with this, RG3 will need to tank incredibly hard for the Redskins to give up on their big ticket investment before Cousins can start a game.
So yes, this is easily the worst case scenario for Cousins to have on draft weekend. He was essentially drafted to be a career backup, won’t be learning from a veteran and will only see the field during post-game handshakes.
Sounds to me like the Redskins wasted a pick, but more importantly wasted great talent in Kirk Cousins.