Kirk Cousins was expected to be taken in the early-middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft by a team looking for a starting quarterback. No one thought that team would be the same one that traded up to No. 2 overall to select Robert Griffin III.
When the Redskins selected Cousins in the fourth round (No. 102 overall), analysts began to cry that the Redskins had created a quarterback controversy. After a few days, the rumor mill stirred up the explanation that Cousins was too good of a value in the fourth and he would be used as trade bait down the line (a la Kevin Kolb).
This has been the dominant explanation ever since, and fans (I was guilty also!) have simply come to accept this theory. I went back and reexamined the situation and have come up with three big reasons why Cousins is not trade bait for the Redskins.